If you have ever spent some time learning about dental implants, you probably already know that these replacement teeth are made of three separate pieces. The first component of the dental implant is the titanium root— then followed by the abutment and the dental restoration. The implant root serves many important functions for your smile, and today our O’Fallon dental implant dentist is going to review how the root helps your smile.
First let’s learn more about the implant root
Our dentist will surgically implant your dental implant root into your jawbone, in the same spot where your natural tooth root used to be. As we mentioned, the implant root is made out of titanium, and it is shaped like a small screw. When the implant root is embedded in your jawbone it adheres to your bone tissue.
So how does this implant root improve your smile?
The titanium root works in several ways to support and improve your smile.
· As your bone tissue heals, it actually bonds with the titanium of the implant root. This is because titanium has unique bonding properties, and is able to bond with natural bone—this process is called osseointegration. When your bone tissue bonds with your implant root, it helps to keep your jawbone strong, and to keep your natural teeth from shifting around in your mouth.
· Your implant root also keeps your entire implant sturdy and in place. The implant root sets dental implants apart from other replacement teeth options like dentures and bridges (which sit on top of the gum line).
As you can see, the dental implant root is a crucial part of the dental implant as a whole. Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists can give you even more information about how this restorative dental option works—just give us a call, or contact us online, to get started right away!