Since the discovery of the 'osseointegration' of titanium and bone in the 1950s, sophisticated and permanent dental implants have been developed and the popularity of dental implants has been increasing over the years at a rapid rate. It is expected that this rate will rapidly increase within the next decade; largely due to consumer awareness. People are feeling crooked or decaying teeth are simply not acceptable anymore.
Of course, with the increasing number of people who have already undergone the procedure, many of us will also now know of someone who has had implants placed and discussing it with them can often re-assure us of the value of dental implants.
No matter its your dentist or dentist at Lovesmile, they are more likely to recommend dental implants - replacement teeth that are permanently anchored to your jaw. While old fashioned dentures were replacements for your teeth, implants are more like replacements for your teeth's roots. Just like your teeth's natural roots, dental implants are fixed to the jawbone. The crowns - the actual replacements for missing teeth - are anchored to the implants.
There are numerous technologies and methods for dealing with tooth loss. However, none are as advanced as dental implants. While dentures and bridges address the fundamental problem, which is a missing tooth, they do nothing to brace the tooth or to address the root of the problem. This means that these solutions have to be adhered to the surface of the mouth somehow, typically with wires or dental cement. On the other hand, dental implants focus their attention on the root. In fact, a dental implant is a tiny titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone, taking the place of a natural tooth's root. This provides a strong and stable platform under the gum line, which then allows us to place a dental crown, or tooth, on top of the abutment.
The secret of dental implants is that they are supported by a small titanium post that is surgically inserted in your jaw. Over time, this post bonds securely with surrounding bone tissue and acts as the replacement root for your missing tooth.
One benefit of using dental implants is that they actually improve your oral health. When you lose a tooth and its root, that part of your jaw can begin to deteriorate. Another advantage is that the replacement root prevents surrounding teeth from moving out of alignment.
If you have missing teeth and are, perhaps, put off by the thought of the nature of the procedure, please contact us at Lovesmile or arrange implant consultation where we can discuss this with you and address any concerns that you may have.
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