Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and function in much the same way. However, there are some differences. The most important of these differences is the way dental implants attach to the jawbone and how oral disease impacts them. Here is some further detail:
Dental implants are made up of three simple parts:
1) Fixture (the root)
2) Abutment (middle piece)
3) Crown (prosthetic tooth)
Here is how each of the basic parts works:
The root of your dental implants is usually made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong, and biocompatible. This means that your new replacement teeth will not be easily rejected by your body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in dental implants. The part of the implant that sits above the gum tissue is usually made of porcelain or similar materials. This ensures that the chewing surface will be strong and the look will perfectly match your real teeth.
The success rate is very high for dental implants, but it is important to know that there still are risks. However, most of these risks can be avoided by following doctor’s orders and not putting undue pressure on the implant area. Patients must be very careful to let the implant site heal properly, avoid alcohol, and curtail smoking habits. Alcohol and smoking prevent proper healing in the bone and gum tissues. In rare instances, patients can suffer from excessive bleeding or nerve injury, infection, or failure of the tissues to osseointegrate after their surgical procedure. It is important to note that these issues can usually be fixed if they are caught and reported immediately upon noticing any sign of problems.
If you live in the Weston, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, Wellesley, Wayland, Natick, and Sudbury areas, and want to know more about the dental implants process or how to finance your new smile, please read through the rest of our helpful infosite. Then call us for a no-obligation consultation today. We can’t wait to help you get a beautiful and functional smile now with dental implants from Weston Dental Specialists!
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