Losing one or more teeth can make you self-conscious about your appearance. In addition to being dissatisfied with your smile, these gaps can make routine tasks, such as eating, difficult. It can even change the appearance of your face (even with your mouth closed). But there is a permanent solution, and it’s called a dental implant.
In the US, more than 5.5 million implants are fulfilled each year. Here’s how it works:
An implant is an artificial tooth root the dentist that replaces the root of the original tooth, and a new replacement crown is attached to it. Titanium has been the traditional material of choice for implants but now patients have another option – a “zirconia” implant.
Which one do you choose?
Just like titanium, a zirconia implant is biocompatible, meaning it isn’t harmful to living tissue. It allows for bone to grow around the implant through a process known as osseointegration. This is the structural connection between the jawbone and implant.
Unlike a traditional titanium implant, which consists of two parts – the implant itself and the abutment (to which the prosthetic tooth is attached) – a zirconia implant is one piece. It’s made of a crystal material best known for its likeness to diamond. And like titanium … it’s safe and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Are you a candidate? Call for your consultation!
Dental implant patients tend to be in good overall health as are their gums. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and leukemia can affect the healing process. Smoking can double your chances of losing an implant.
But don’t worry – we’ll help determine if a dental implant is right for you. Simply call our office today to arrange an easy, painless, and comfortable consultation.
Get back that smile you’ve been missing – contact us today!