Losing a natural tooth can be quite traumatic. Patients who get their tooth extracted often experience certain drawbacks with respect to oral aesthetics and functionality. The best and most long-lasting option to replace missing teeth is by using dental implants. Implants offer certain exclusive advantages that their alternatives do not, making them the most sought-after tooth replacement solution.
What are dental implants?
A natural tooth consists of two distinct parts, namely the crown and root. The crown is the visible structure above the gum line and the root lies underneath, holding the crown firmly in position. Dental implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth in terms of structure, strength, aesthetics, and functionality.
Implants, much like natural teeth, consist of two major components, namely a metal implant stud (root) and a visible ceramic crown (tooth). The implant stud is usually made from titanium as it offers excellent strength and sturdiness. It has circular grooves on its surface, such as a screw, so that it can stay firmly adhered to the jawbone and provide enough stability. The ceramic crown will be shaped to match the exact contour of the missing tooth. It's color, texture, and translucency can be customized as required, making it appear as realistic as possible.
Dental implants for life
When a tooth is removed, patients often experience a hindered functionality of the mouth. Also, they would feel too conscious of their appearance and try to hold back their smiles. The only solution to this issue is to find a long-lasting replacement to a natural tooth, which, of course, is a dental implant. Implants are known to offer excellent longevity in comparison to their alternatives such as dental bridges or dentures.
Though bridges and dentures do last for several years together, they would eventually have to be replaced or altered once in a few years. This is to reverse the damage, wear or shrinkage caused over years of usage. But, in the case of dental implants, such issues are eliminated almost completely. Since an implant stud is made from a hard and tough material such as titanium, it doesn't wear over time. Also, the ceramic crown is made from a highly durable, dental-grade material. In reality, the crown would wear just as much as a natural tooth would with regular usage. With these factors taken into consideration, implants offer tooth replacement that lasts a lifetime without hassle.
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