How Do Dental Implants Work?
General Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Services in Edmonton, Alberta
Posted: July 18, 2012
If you are considering dental implants, you should understand what makes them the best restoration for lost teeth.
Dental implants are the dental restoration that looks and functions most like your natural teeth because they work just like your natural teeth. Your tooth is a composite, made of many different types of materials, with a significant difference between the visible portion of your teeth, known as the crown, and the portion below the gums, known as the root. The crown is made of dental enamel and dentine. The enamel is highly esthetic material that is highly aesthetic, but also strong and hard. The root, on the other hand, is composed of cementum over the dentine, which is not as attractive, but is tough and integrates well with the jawbone.
Implant dentistry has devised a solution very similar to this for your replacement teeth. A dental implant is made up of two parts, an aesthetic crown and a solid root to affix the restoration in your jawbone. The aesthetic crown is made up of an advanced dental ceramic that looks like natural tooth enamel, and is also highly durable, although, unlike tooth enamel, it cannot remineralize so it has a limited lifetime, predictably ten years, but likely more. The artificial root is made of titanium or a titanium alloy, which integrates very well with the jawbone. The dental implant root integrates so well, in fact, that it is considered a lifetime implant.
Want to learn more about dental implants? Please contact Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles in Edmonton, Alberta for an appointment.