While other treatments like dentures and bridges have long served to replace teeth, dental implants have now taken the number one spot as the preferable tooth replacement treatment of choice. Dental implants are permanently placed and last for many years. Are you wondering how this is achievable? Read along to learn more about how dental implants are made and the benefits they bring.
Now that you’ve seen what goes into a dental implant, you may be asking yourself, how do they work exactly? Dental implants are constructed from titanium (except for the porcelain ceramic crown). Titanium was discovered to be biocompatible with human bone, meaning that the bone won’t react negatively to the titanium or try to reject it. Since this discovery, the medical and dental fields have been revolutionized, utilizing titanium for all sorts of medical devices, including dental implants.
When titanium makes contact with bone, it triggers the bone to regenerate in a process known as osseointegration. When a dental implant is placed in the jawbone, osseointegration causes the bone to weave fibers around the implant, securing it in place as though it were a natural tooth. This process doesn’t happen with dental bridges or removable dentures!
The following are three advantages of implants that our patients have been most pleased with, and we wanted to share them with others who are thinking of getting dental implants.
Durability: Thanks to the process of osseointegration (see above), dental implants are strong against your favorite foods, and can relieve any pressure on your jaw from the previous missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, which often need an attachment or adhesive to stay in place, dental implants are secured through osseointegration and won’t shift when performing normal oral functions like talking or eating.
Easy Maintenance: Do you worry that your dental implant will need special tools to keep it clean? Not to worry. Dental implants can be cleaned daily in the same way that you would with your natural teeth. Just use the same basic tools: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss. But be sure to attend regular cleanings with Dr. Wagner so that your implant can get the maintenance it needs.
Long Lifespan: Dentures and dental bridges do reduce in quality over time, due to general wear and tear. But dental implants are made of titanium, and secured to your jawbone, so implants tend to last longer than these past traditional devices. In addition, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of this lifespan, as osseointegration promotes jawbone growth and can keep you from prematurely aging.
Are you missing one or more teeth, and feel ready to receive dental implants? Contact us at The Wagner Centre to schedule an informative, one-on-one session with Dr. Rebecca Wagner to determine if you qualify as a candidate for dental implants. Take control of your oral health and seek the help your smile needs.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM