Dental implants are today’s most advanced technique for replacing lost or broken teeth. With a replacement that functions like a healthy tooth and looks natural, dental implants enhance your smile.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that is used to replace a missing root form. Since titanium is one metal the body accepts, the surrounding bone integrates with the titanium, making it part of the jaw, just as it would a healthy root. Once healed, a porcelain crown is formed to match the shape and coloration of your surrounding teeth, and then attached to the implant. The end result is a tooth that complements your smile, functions properly when eating and is as comfortable as your original tooth.
Dental implants offer great advantages over traditional forms of tooth replacement such as bridges and dentures. Since an implant integrates so naturally with the jawbone, the tooth becomes strong and able to function normally on its own, eliminating the need to cut down adjoining teeth to support the bridge. An added benefit of a dental implant is the continuing process of bone loss where the tooth was removed can be arrested –dental implant restoration can stimulate the surrounding bone, keeping additional loss to a minimum. The strength and accuracy of dental implants can support a full set of dentures much more comfortably and reliably than traditional means.
In addition to the functional benefits, dental implants can also improve the appearance of your smile. Each implant can be precisely aligned with other teeth so they complement the surrounding teeth and enhance your smile. And, by combining dental implants with esthetic techniques such as tooth whitening or veneers, you can improve your entire smile.
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