Because dentures can be uncomfortable and bridges result in loss of tooth surface more people are turning to dental implants as a comfortable way to replace missing teeth. Today our dentist answers some of the most frequently asked questions about titanium implants.
Why Is Titanium Favoured As A Material For Dental Implants?
Titanium is the most popular material for dental implants because it is durable and lasts for a long time. It is also well tolerated by the human body.
What Are Titanium Implants?
Titanium implants are synthetic roots or screws that are placed into your jaw. After the implant has fused with your jaw, your dentist will fit an abutment and crown over the top of it. These are the components that are visible above your gum line.
What Are The Benefits Of Titanium Implants?
Titanium implants function and look like your natural teeth. They are strong and permanent; unlike dentures, you do not remove them for eating or cleaning. Because of their strength and stability, you can also bite down on your food with the same force you would use on your natural teeth.
When compared to a bridge, titanium implants do not need for your surrounding teeth to be filed away to make space in your mouth.
Implants preserve structural integrity in your face. Titanium implants stimulate bone growth in your jaw. Unlike dentures and bridges, which sit above your gum line and which may encourage shrinkage, titanium implants perform the important job of stimulating the jaw, and not just replacing the tooth for cosmetic purposes.
Can Anyone Have Titanium Implants?
If you have lost one or more teeth you may be able to have an implant if your jaw bone is fully developed and your mouth is in a generally healthy condition. You should practice a high level of dental care if you have an implant.
Who Wouldn’t Be Able To Have Titanium Implants?
If you do not have enough jaw bone and cannot have a bone graft, you would not be eligible for dental implants. If periodontitis is present, or you have a lot of plaque, your dentist will not perform dental implant surgery because you would have a higher risk of developing an infection at the implant area.
If you experience an uncontrolled chronic condition like diabetes, bone disease or disease that affects your blood’s clotting ability you will not be able to have implants.
Heavy smokers are generally not given the go ahead because they do not heal as quickly.
What Is Bone Grafting?
A bone graft would be performed in order to make your jaw wider or higher. It is possible to take bone from your own body, and this is done most frequently with bone taken from the hip, as this has a high level of bone marrow and a low chance of rejection by your own body. It is possible to use bone from different parts of your body or from other people.
You will have bone placed into the bone socket of your missing tooth. Sometimes, depending n the size of the incision, your dentist may need to stitch the area up afterwards.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Many manufacturers have a five-year minimum guarantee but with good dental care your implants can last for many decades. Professionals agree that quitting smoking is a very important consideration for people recovering from implant surgery. It is vital that you keep up with your check up appointments so that your dentist can pick any problems up early.
To find out more about titanium implants and how they could benefit you please contact us: (02) 9158 6137