Dental Implant Compared to Tooth
A dental implant procedure is an effective way of restoring your smile. However, a common dental implant FAQ is how dental implants compare to real teeth. Implants are anchored on the jawbone and so they feel and function like natural teeth. At Fairmount Dental Center we will provide you with all of the information you need about implant surgery.
Dental Implant Material is Strong and Biocompatible
Implants have three components – a ceramic crown, an abutment, and a post. The post, which functions like the tooth's root, is anchored on your jawbone. The crown serves as the replacement tooth. The abutment connects the crown with the post.
The abutment as well as the post are typically made of titanium, which is an extremely strong metal. Titanium can fuse with human bone through osseointegration and is resistant to corrosion. Additionally, titanium is biocompatible. Once the implant has been placed in your jawbone, the bone will heal and fuse with the titanium post. Dental implants are, therefore, even stronger than your natural teeth because they are anchored in the jawbone.
Dental Implants Don’t Decay
Natural teeth can decay. Acids are created when the natural bacteria in your mouth mixes with sugars. These acids can weaken the tooth enamel and ultimately lead to cavities and tooth decay. Decay can cause tooth loss if left untreated. Conversely, implants can’t decay. The acids in your mouth can’t weaken the ceramic crown, abutments, and titanium posts. In this regard, implants are stronger and more durable compared to natural teeth.
Are Dental Implants Prone to Breakage?
Dental-grade titanium is fracture-resistant. This means the implant abutments and posts rarely break. The ceramic crown, however, can break. The ceramic that's used to create dental crowns is as strong as a real tooth. However, just like with real teeth, excessive force may cause them to fracture or chip. If the dental crown breaks, it can be replaced.
Dentures are metal frameworks or removable plastic that hold multiple replacement teeth. You may need partial or full dentures depending on the number of teeth that are missing. A denture comprises a plate or base that sits on your gums. This holds teeth that are created to look natural. It takes time to get used to dentures. To adjust, you need to practice speaking out loud and chewing. Dentures will feel more natural after a few months. Conversely, implants are placed in your jawbone and thus function like natural teeth and don't interfere with your speech. Once implants have healed, you can eat normally like you would with your natural teeth. Implants can also last a lifetime and they prevent bone loss that can have a negative effect on the shape of your face.
Dentures, on the other hand, need to be replaced after about every five years. This is because dentures become loose over time as the face's bone structure changes. This means they may become uncomfortable or stop functioning properly. If you take good care of your implants, they can serve you for a lifetime. This means you should brush, floss, and maintain great dental hygiene. You should also regularly visit a dentist.
At Fairmount Dental Center we will provide you with all of the information you need about dental implants and other tooth replacement options. Contact us today through (503) 362-8364.