Titanium Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted directly into the jaw bone to act as a tooth root and supports an implant crown or other implant restoration. Dental implants are a popular choice for patients and Dentists when one or more teeth need to be replaced. Titanium is the most popular material for fabricating implants though some patients may be able to have a zirconia implant.

The stability and comfort patients have with dental implants often make them worth the time and expense, and they are one of the more costly dental prosthesis options. Implants can support an individual crown or even a full arch of teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants and those who are not may need to consider a traditional adventure.

What is a dental implant?

A titanium dental implant is constructed using three parts: the implant, an abutment, and the implant restoration which can be an implant crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture.

The implant itself is a titanium post that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. A small portion is left protruding through the gum tissue onto which the abutment is attached to the implant to act as the bridge between the implant and the implant restoration. The dental prosthesis is then cemented or screwed into place over the implant.

What is the process for dental implant placement?

The first step in the implant process is an evaluation by an implant specialist, being an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. The evaluation will include extensive x-rays to help the doctor analyze your bone level to ensure implant success! If they find that you do not have enough bone structure, they will advise you to have a bone graft procedure in order to prepare the area to receive the implant and ensure that the implant will be able to properly integrate with the bone tissue.

If it is determined that you are healthy enough for titanium dental implants, you will be scheduled for surgery. At the time of your surgery, they will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated before making a small incision in the gum tissue. They will then drill a small hole into your jaw bone and screw the implant into place. A temporary abutment, or healing cap, is attached to the implant to protect it from damage or infection while it heals and integrates with your jaw bone.

After about six months of healing time, your general Dentist will restore the implant with your new dental prosthesis.

Dental implants are typically made from titanium because titanium is resistant to corrosion and has a great biocompatibility, enabling it to integrate with the jaw bone. Titanium is a non-toxic and non-allergenic metal with a protective layer of titanium dioxide which makes the implant resistant to a chemical and water erosion.

If you think dental implants sound like a good treatment option, speak with your Dentist to discuss your options and together, you will determine titanium implants will provide the best results for you and your lifestyle.

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