A dental implant is a replacement option for a missing or damaged tooth. From one tooth to full mouth dentures, dental implants provide a solid anchor for a dental prosthetic of any kind. Dental implants are considered to be one of the highest quality tooth replacement options available because they look and function as closely as possible to your natural teeth.
What are dental implants made of that allows them to look and function like your natural teeth? A combination of materials go into making a dental implant restoration.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. It is surgically placed in the jaw bone to take the place of a natural tooth root. A dental implant can support a single artificial tooth; two implants can support a dental bridge; and 4-6 implants can support a full set of dentures.
What Materials Are Used for Dental Implants?
Different materials are used for different parts of a dental implant. For example:
- Implant root: Titanium. The implant itself, the part that is surgically placed in the jaw bone, is made primarily or totally composed of titanium. Titanium is a biocompatible material that is capable of fusing with the natural bone tissue. The fusion process is called osseointegration. It takes a few months to fully bond to bone, but once it does the bond is very solid.
- Abutment: Titanium. The abutment is the piece that connects the implant with the prosthetic. It is also made primarily or totally composed of titanium for its strength and durability.
- Prosthetic: Porcelain or Zirconium. The prosthetic, the portion that replaces the visible portion of the tooth, is typically made of porcelain or Zirconium. These materials are strong and resemble natural tooth enamel in texture and sheen. Crowns, bridges, and dentures can all be made from these materials. Implant dentures are sometimes made of acrylic material, depending on treatment decisions.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental Implants are highly predictable with high longevity. Implants have a success rate of 95 to 98% and be functional for more than 20 years. The prosthetic portion of your implant restoration may need to be replaced over time. This may be needed through normal wear and tear. As long as the Titanium implant itself is healthy, the prosthetic portion can be revised.
Is it Safe to Have Metal in Your Body Forever?
Titanium is considered to be very biocompatible and is used throughout medicine and dentistry. Titanium is used for artificial joints, bone fixators, pacemakers, and other mechanical body parts.
Where Can I Get Dental Implants?
Periodontists specialize in procedures affecting the support structures for the teeth, making them uniquely qualified to place dental implants. Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry provides dental implants to replace anywhere from one to all of your teeth. Rated as the top periodontist in New Jersey for the last 14 years by NJ Monthly magazine, you know you’ll be getting expert treatment for gum recession and other gum diseases at our dental offices.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.