One of the most common questions that our practice receives is about dental implants. It’s something that very few people can wrap their heads around at first: the fact that we have the technology to create a whole new tooth and actually attach it to your jawbone. This procedure, when perfected, could very well make dentures a thing of the past for some patients. Let’s explore dental implants in a bit more depth so you can see how your missing teeth will soon be replaced.
What Are Dental Implants, And What Are They Made Of?
Dental implants mostly come in two pieces actually (although a one piece alternative is slowly making its way into the mainstream). Most people know about the fake tooth itself, which is usually molded out of porcelain or acrylic. Not many know that there is a root piece as well which is attached directly to your jaw bone. This is usually titanium steel, and bonds itself directly to your jaw bone over the course of a few months (don’t worry, it’s almost painless).
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Most people can get dental implants; but there are a few factors that a good dentist will take into account first before giving the OK for your procedure. First off will be your overall oral health: will it be safe to give you a fake tooth? Will it react negatively to your gums, or is there worry that it will not be well taken care of? Any issues arising from those questions will need to be dealt with first. Next up will be a bone density check. There is going to be a titanium mini rod installed right into your jaw, and the doctor needs to be certain that it will be able to mold and stay in place. If you clear that you’re good to go!
Dental implants are very safe, and they look great too. If you’re thinking about getting some implants, than talk to a qualified dentist today!