If seen from only above the gum line, a dental implant may seem like any other tooth replacement option. Like a bridge or dentures, a dental implant will restore the aesthetics of your smile, and give you the appearance of a tooth when you have lost one. There is something, however, that sets the dental implant apart from other restorative dentistry options—the dental implant root. Keep reading to learn more about the dental implant root from our O’Fallon dental implant dentist.
Dental implants have replacement roots that extend into the patient’s jawbone. Neither dentures nor bridges utilize this kind of technology—both of these treatments sit on top of the gum tissue.
What are dental implant roots made of?
Dental implant roots are crafted from titanium for a number of reasons. First of all, titanium is very durable, and thus your dental implant root will stand up to the wear and tear of your daily life. Uniquely, titanium also has the ability to adhere to natural bone through a process called osseointegration. That’s right, over time your dental implant root will actually fuse with your jawbone!
Are dental implants right for me?
If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants may be a viable treatment solution for you! The best way to find out for sure is to meet with our O’Fallon dental implant dentist and complete a personalized consultation.
Once dental implant treatment is completed you will:
· Have the appearance of a restored, complete smile
· Be able to eat and drink your favorite foods
· Enjoy a permanent replacement tooth—dental implants are not removable
· Boost your oral health, since the dental implant root staves off jawbone deterioration
Please feel free to call our dentist if you have questions or if you would like to schedule your consultation!