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How Does a Dental Implant Compare to a Real Tooth?

Dental implants are valued for how close they mimic the feel, fit, and look of natural teeth. This realism extends to their functionality since they can restore the ability to chew, bite and speak. The dental implant is not only dependable for tooth restoration but also it is the strongest tooth replacement option. It is an effective and safe way to fill the gap in your smile. (734) 662-1113 is an experienced dentist of oral surgery and can answer all of your questions related to implant surgery as well as other tooth replacement methods.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is set into the patient’s jawbone. It is usually placed in the area where the old root used to be. An abutment is then attached to the implant which is then connected to the crown. You can also have dentures with dental Implants for the lower jaw if traditional dentures are unstable. The post is placed to function as the root of the tooth. Both the abutment and the post are made using titanium which is one of the strongest metal materials. It sticks well with your jawbone, and it is capable of osseointegration. In addition to that, it resists corrosion and is biocompatible meaning that your body cannot reject it as a foreign material.

Their Strength Relies on Your Jawbone

The stability of titanium dental implants usually depends on the jawbone health. During osseointegration, your jawbone and the gums heal around your implant. This makes the implants remain sturdy particularly when you have a strong jawbone. In case your jawbone is not strong enough, then your dentist can decide to perform a bone graft first. This will help to strengthen the jawbone and it will perfectly support your dental implants.

They Are Not Prone to Tooth Decay

Natural teeth are prone to cavities and tooth decay. This is because the mouth hosts bacteria that can flourish. These organisms usually excrete acids that destroy the teeth. If you do not take care of your teeth, then cavities will start forming, making tooth loss inevitable. Dental implants do not decay at all. The bacteria in the mouth cannot corrode abutments, titanium posts, and ceramic crowns. Due to this, dental implants can last for a longer time when compared to natural teeth.

Can Dental Implants Break?

Implants are made using titanium materials which are fracture resistant. With that, it is very rare to find abutments or implants breaking. On the other hand, ceramic crowns can break. Excess force can lead ceramic crowns to fracture or chip. If this happens, then it can be replaced. If you do not want a crown to break, then make sure that you do not use your teeth as tools. Neither your natural teeth nor your implant restoration was designed to tear through packaging or open bottles. You should also avoid cracking nuts, biting fingernails, and chewing ice.

Are you interested in replacing a damaged or missing tooth with a dental implant? Here at Greashaber Dentistry, we are ready to assist you to get and maintain high-quality dental implants. Please call us at (734) 662-1113 if you want to ask questions or schedule an appointment.
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