Superior to fixed bridgework or removable dentures, dental implants serve as a solid foundation to artificial teeth, as well as to prevent bone loss. They maintain the volume of the bone in the site where they are placed; provide natural functionality; restore the appearance of a smile and instill confidence in day-to-day life.
Composition of Dental Implants
Dental implants consist of a post and a crown. The post replaces the root of the tooth while the crown replaces the visible part of the tooth above the gum line.
Similar to the root of a natural tooth, dental implant posts fit directly into the jawbone. This resembles a similar mouth feel when speaking and chewing. The post is made of titanium (a metal that does not react with other tissues in the body), allowing the implant to remain embedded in the bone for many years.
The crown attaches to the post and is molded to fit the space and natural shape of the missing tooth. A variety of crown types can be produced, including materials such as ceramic, resin, and porcelain.