The secret to the success of the dental implant may be found in its similarities to the natural tooth. By imitating a natural tooth in both structure and appearance, a dental implant provides proper function and esthetic appeal.
A natural tooth is designed to stand independently of the other teeth. Supported only by the relationship between the tooth root and the jaw bone, a natural tooth must be extremely strong. As a result, the teeth are able to generate a substantial amount of force for chewing and biting. In terms of appearance, a natural tooth is composed of a tooth root and a crown. The root portion is firmly seated in the jaw bone, and the crown is the portion that is visible above the gumline. By imitating a natural tooth in both structure and appearance, a dental implant provides proper function and esthetic appeal.
Dental implants share many of these same characteristics, allowing them to look and feel very similar to natural teeth.
Dental implants are fused to the jaw bone with the help of an artificial tooth root. This root, made from a specially prepared metal called titanium, is extremely compatible with the human body. When the bone becomes integrated with the titanium tooth root, the bond is permanent and durable.
The crown or biting surface of the tooth can be customized to resemble the neighboring teeth. Typically, a porcelain tooth-colored crown is recommended. The size, shape, and shade of the crown can be selected on an individual basis for each patient.
Ultimately, a dental implant is an artificial tooth that can stand independently, just like a natural tooth. Your implant can withstand the forces of chewing and biting. Compared to other tooth replacement choices, dental implants require the least amount of maintenance and can be brushed and flossed normally. There will never be a need for adhesives, special brushes, or floss threaders.
Your implant dentist can determine if dental implants are the best choice for you. Call Georgian Dental®, serving Barrie ON, for an appointment today to discuss the possibilities of your future with dental implants.