Dental Implants in Spring Hill
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
The first modern dental implants were invented by Per-Ingvar Brånemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, in 1952. Fast forward to today, and titanium dental implants are considered the gold standard of care in dentistry when it comes to replacing missing teeth with prosthetic replacements. Dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone where they act as replacement tooth roots for pulled or missing teeth. These posts are made of titanium for a litany of reasons.
Some of the best benefits of titanium are its high strength-to-weight ratio and its resistance to corrosion. These reasons plus its non-toxic state and its ability to fight all corrosion from bodily fluids make it no wonder titanium has become the metal of choice within the field of dentistry. Titanium is also incredibly durable and long-lasting as titanium dental implants inserted into the body can last for over 20 years. Patients with titanium implants are also able to safely use machines such as MRIs or NMRIs as titanium is non-ferromagnetic. The most important characteristic of titanium when it comes to dental implants is its ability to osseointegrate. Osseointegration is a unique phenomenon unique to titanium and a few other metals where your body’s natural bone-forming cells attach themselves to the titanium implant and a structural, functional bridge forms between the body’s bone and the new dental implant.
Once the dental implant is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months, it acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Fused dental implants are the closest thing to mimicking natural teeth because they stand on their own without affecting nearby teeth and have great stability. Four to six months after the dental implants are installed small posts called abutments that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. After the abutment has been placed, your general dentist will fabricate and place your replacement crowns.
Those who have lost teeth regain the ability to eat virtually anything and know their teeth appear natural and their facial contours preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Over time, technology and science have progressed to greatly improve the outcomes of dental implant placement. Today, the success rate for dental implants is close to 98%.
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