It seems like lately, more and more of our patients are choosing to restore their missing teeth with dental implants. However, there are still many people out there with missing teeth who are unaware of what dental implants actually are. If you live in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, San Jose, Santa Clara or San Francisco and are curious about implants and what they are, then you’ve come to the right place here at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry. We encourage you to read on to find out what dental implants are and how Dr. Joseph Field is able to use them to leave you with many amazing benefits.
Yes, there are dental implants that are made up of only two parts. However, the most common form of implant is made up of three, which is the type of implant we utilize here at our practice. These three parts are:
The most important part of a dental implant is the implant fixture. The reason for this is the fact that the implant fixture takes the place of your missing tooth root, and will support your replacement tooth. During the implant procedure, a fixture will be placed in your jawbone. As it heals, a process called osseointegration works to integrate your fixture into your oral anatomy, convincing your body that your implant fixture is no different from any real tooth root. This process is possible because the implant fixture is made from titanium, a biocompatible alloy that your body doesn’t recognize as a foreign material.
The next part of the dental implant is the abutment, which works to connect your replacement tooth to the implant fixture. Much like the implant fixture, the abutment is also typically made from titanium. While it can be possible for this piece to be placed directly after the implant procedure, it is not uncommon to wait until after the fixture recovers before having it attached.
The last part of the dental implant is the restoration that will top it. When you are restoring only a single missing tooth, this restoration typically takes the form of a porcelain crown. However, we can also top implants with dental bridges and overdentures, though you may need multiple implant fixtures to support these restorations. Regardless of which restoration you use, we will model your new replacement teeth after your remaining natural teeth, allowing them to fit your smile perfectly. By taking this extra step, we can make sure that no one can even tell the difference between your natural and artificial teeth.
Our patients love their dental implants because they come with many unique benefits that simply cannot be matched by other restoration methods. Some of these include:
Dental implants are well loved because of how long they last. While most tooth restoration treatments need to be replaced about every seven years, your dental implants can actually end up lasting the rest of your lifetime if they are well taken care of.
Some restoration methods require constant maintenance, or can require you to go to extra steps to keep them clean. Some of these other methods can also require that you purchase additional cleaning tools, which will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Luckily, dental implants require no more maintenance than your natural teeth do. You will simply need to brush and floss regularly like you normally would, as well as attend your regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings.
Other restoration treatments can have difficulty handling all types of food. Foods that are too hard or too chewy can actually end up damaging the patient’s restoration. Dental implants, on the other hand, are very durable, and are just as strong as your natural teeth are. Thanks to osseointegration, your implants will be strong enough to handle any food you throw at them.
Are you interested in learning more about how the individual pieces of a dental implant work to provide the highest quality of replacement teeth? Then feel free to contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Joseph Field.
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