Dental Implants Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.
Your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. As you rely more on your remaining teeth, you increase the chance they will wear out prematurely, or be damaged or lost.
Titanium dental implants have become the ideal replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. For the following reasons they are superior to the alternative tooth replacement options.
Traditional dental implants are made from titanium or titanium alloy. This material is highly resistant to fracture. It can withstand the repeated pressure that comes from chewing even the toughest foods — foods that you might not dare to touch with traditional dentures. It also endures well under forces that cause bending (flexural strength).
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If a material is biocompatible, that means it works well within the human body. The titanium alloy used to make dental implants is very biocompatible. It is even capable of bonding with the surrounding bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. It is thus able to provide the strongest base of support possible for the artificial teeth that go on top of it.
A High Success Rate
Titanium dental implants have been around since 1965, but their popularity really took off in the 1970s. Thus, researchers have had more than 50 years to analyze their long-term success rate. While the numbers vary from study to study, results consistently reveal that dental implants are successful. In fact, according to some research, their success rate is over 95%.
For the majority of patients who invest in titanium dental implants, they can expect the results of their treatment to endure for decades. In fact, with proper care (including excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups), implants should last an entire lifetime!
When a natural tooth goes missing, the bone that once supported it begins to deteriorate. Over time, it can lose a significant portion of its mass. Because dental implants bond with the bone and act as substitute for a tooth root, they stimulate the surrounding tissue. They can therefore prevent excessive bone loss, which maintains important facial form and structure.