What are Dental Implants?
The Dental Implant System
Dental implants can be thought of as a system, since they combine three separate parts to recreate as many functions as possible of a natural tooth. What can be considered the implant proper is referred to as a fixture, which is a small insert that is embedded directly along the jawbone during the initial portion of the procedure. Made from a biocompatible titanium-alloy, the surface of the fixture is porous — covered by countless microscopic holes — to allow natural, organic bone tissue to weave through, and around, it to anchor the insert in place in a process called osseointegration.
The fixture acts like an artificial tooth root, performing a number of functions that were lost as a result of tooth loss. They are not, as some patients believe, the actual replacement tooth. Before you can have your replacement teeth fitted, an abutment must be attached to the fixture. This is done three to six months after the fixture was initially placed, to allow the area to heal.
The abutment is a thin post, often made from the same material as the fixture, which attaches the replacement tooth to the artificial tooth root. How the abutment is placed varies from patient to patient, according to differing needs and circumstances, but it generally requires only a minimally invasive procedure. Finally, with the abutment ready, you can receive your dental crowns, which are the replacement teeth. Matched in color, size, shape, and even texture to your natural teeth, once fixed onto the implant they will seamlessly blend in with your smile.
By replacing the missing tooth essentially in its totality, dental implants provide a series of advantages that other restorative treatments, such as removable dentures and dental bridges, simply can’t match. Without an artificial tooth root, like implants, other treatments can’t protect you against bone loss and other oral maladies. Neither can they offer the unrivaled strength and unmatched longevity of implants. It’s no wonder that dental implants are considered the ‘gold standard’ of restorative dentistry by dentists and patients alike.
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Tooth loss is a serious oral health problem that can raise the risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral infections. If you are missing teeth, dental implant surgery may be the right choice for you and there is no other solution that can offer you the same benefits. Worried that they aren’t affordable? At Charlotte Dental Implant Center we believe everyone should get the dental care they need regardless of their budget, and to make good on our philosophy we provide a number of payment plan options you are welcome to take a look at. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 704-208-5545. Our dental implant patients come to us from Gastonia, Greenville, Huntersville, Ashville and Charlotte, North Carolina.
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