Dental implants are the modern way to replace an entire tooth. Where a dental crown will replace the external part of the tooth, while keeping the pulp and root nerve, an implant replaces the entire tooth structure, using a metal post to secure the visible top of the tooth to the jawbone.
We might use an implant if a tooth is badly damaged, badly malformed, very out of alignment, or it a tooth has been lost altogether. If the tooth is only moderately damaged or malformed a crown is a better option. But if the tooth is too far gone, or missing altogether, then we need to use an implant.
Implant Dental Denistone
Implants have two main sections, a metal post into the jawbone, and an external, visible tooth.
The metal post is made of titanium. This material is used because it bonds extremely well to the jawbone. After it is inserted the titanium bonds at a molecular level to bone, though this process takes a few weeks to reach full strength. But one in place it is very secure. Only rarely are their complications in this bonding.
The external replacement tooth can be made of various materials, Lithium Disilicate and Zirconia were the most common materials until recently. Both of these tooth materials are strong, and look realistic.
Zirconia is stronger than other materials, but not quite as realistic looking. It is mostly used on back molar teeth where the extra strength is an advantage, and the appearance is not too important.
Lithium Disilicate is very realistic looking, and can be matched to the colour of the patient’s other teeth. But it is not quite as strong as Zirconia. It is mostly used for front teeth because it looks so like a biological tooth.
Some older implants use porcelain, and some new materials are always being developed to replace the present technology.
Procedure for Implant Denistone
An implant will take at least three dental appointments. The first appointment will be to take moulds and match the tooth colour. The second appointment will fit the titanium post. After a few weeks, when the titanium post has bonded, the final tooth can be put in place.
Dental implants have a very high success rate. They should last for decades under reasonable conditions. And they only require the same cleaning as regular teeth, twice daily brushing and flossing. They will not decay, but If they are not cleaned they surrounding gum may become infected.
Implants are the gold standard for replacing teeth. They look realistic and last for decades with only basic cleaning.
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