Dental implants are a fabricated tooth root that is typically made using titanium, a biocompatible metal that is one of the strongest metals on the planet. A dental implant serves as an anchor for dental restorations such as dental crowns, bridges, and dentures.The use of titanium for fabrication of the implant ensures that the implant will not be rejected by the body. Titanium is a biocompatible substance, which means that it is easily integrated into the body during the process known as osseointegration.
The dental implant procedure is relatively straightforward. The dentist will inject a local anesthetic, drill a hole into the jawbone, and insert the dental implant. Once the implant is in place, the dentist will cover it with a temporary crown to help prevent movement or infection. During a healing period, the jawbone will slowly grow around the implant (osseointegration), which creates a stable, incredibly solid foundation on which dental crowns, bridges, or dentures can be placed.
Dental implants can be used for back teeth and front teeth. When used in combination with dental crowns, dental implants can fill in the spaces left by tooth loss. If more than one tooth is missing, more than one dental implant is used so that a dental bridge or permanent dentures can be affixed. When used with dentures, dental implants provide a reliable and permanent base on which the dentures will rest, unlike denture adhesives that can wear off and allow gaps between the gums and the dentures to form. These gaps can allow bacterial growth, and can cause discomfort when food particles find their way into the spaces and grind against the sensitive gum tissue.
Dental implants are literally the foundation to many successful dental procedures that have created beautiful smiles, and have helped patients gain confidence and great dental health. To learn more about dental implants, as well as how they can be used to improve your smile contact Cascade Family Dental Care office of Dr. Devi Vijay or her staff at her office at (360) 456-1234 or via email