Oral health is essential to maintain good overall health. This includes brushing after meals, flossing daily, rinsing with mouthwash, and scheduling regular dental cleanings. For some people, it means getting dental implants. But what are these foreign objects made of, and what are the benefits of having them?
What Are Dental Implants?
While dental implants are an option for people who have lost one or several teeth, they are not the same as traditional dentures. In fact, they are as close to natural teeth as you can get.
Implants are made of three parts:
1. The Base
The dentist places artificial tooth roots into the jawbone (where the original tooth roots used to be located). Once secured, bone grows around the implant, bonding it in place.
2. Titanium Abutment
Once the base is fully integrated with the jawbone (a process also known as osseointegration), the dentist will screw a titanium component called abutment into the base. It is this portion that will hold the crown (artificial tooth) in place.
3. The Crown
This is the artificial tooth (or teeth) which is seated onto the base.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Dental implants are made of titanium due to this metal’s ability to bond with bone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’ve lost a tooth, dental implants have many benefits:
1. Regain Self Confidence
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. This means that you can laugh, smile, and talk comfortably without feeling self-conscious about missing a tooth.
2. Speak Confidently
Teeth play a crucial role in speech. Give it a try. Sound out certain consonants without the aid of your teeth (for example, the letters “D”, “L”, “N”, “S”, “T).
3. Eat Comfortably
Incisors (the teeth in the front of your mouth) allow you to take bites of food. The molars (the teeth in the back of your mouth) allow you to chew. If any of these teeth are missing it can be difficult to eat. Dental implants solve this problem.
4. Preserve Oral Health
Besides the cosmetic benefits, dental implants help to preserve oral health. This is because when you’re missing a tooth, the site of that missing tooth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. In addition, over time, the teeth on both sides of the gap will shift. Furthermore, when one has a missing tooth, they tend to overcompensate by only chewing on the other side, which can result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
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