BOCA RATON DENTIST EXPLAINS HOW TITANIUM WORKS IN DENTAL IMPLANTS
Earlier this week, I met with a patient who had recently lost a tooth, so she wanted to discuss tooth replacement possibilities. Today, patients have more options than ever when lose a tooth. Dentures and bridgework are classic appliances for replacing missing teeth. While these options work for some people, advancements in dental technology have made dental implants an increasingly popular option for many patients. Today, I’ll be discussing how dental implants differ from other dental appliances.
Implants are Implanted Directly into the Jawbone
Dental implants are titanium roots that are implanted directly into the jawbone. Our Boca Raton dental implant dentists can place them in the top and bottom jawbones. These implants anchor porcelain, metal, or composite resin dental restorations.
Dental implants are unique because they are embedded directly into the bone. On the other hand, dentures can replace the look of missing teeth, but they can sometimes be loose and difficult to speak and eat with, because they sit on top of the gum. Likewise, bridgework is anchored to adjacent teeth, not inserted in the bone. Dental implants offer superior stability and longevity because they mimic the structure of natural teeth.
Dental implants are made of titanium or titanium alloy because titanium has the unique ability to bond with natural bone—this process is called osseointegration. After the dental implant is surgically implanted into the bone, the bone is allowed to heal for several months. During this healing period the titanium of the dental implant bonds with the jawbone, providing a secure foundation for the dental restoration.
Titanium Bonds with Natural Bone
Osseointegration is what sets dental implants apart from other tooth replacement options. Because titanium bonds with natural bone, dental implants offer increased stability, comfort, and restoration lifespan. If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth it’s important to consider all of your dentistry options, and pick the one that’s healthiest for you. The best way to figure out if dental implants are a good fit for you is to discuss your specific situation with our Boca Raton dental implant dentists. Feel free to give us a call at (561) 997-2323.
Dr. Martin Polin, DMD & Dr. Carly Polin, DMD
2600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431