When it comes to restoring missing teeth, Drs. Munira Lokhandwala, Saman Sajid, and Priya Beedu all agree that dental implants can accomplish the best possible results. This is primarily because only dental implants can provide replacement teeth that are just as strong and reliable as natural teeth. But how is it that dental implants are able to accomplish such great results? In order to understand this, we must first spend some time talking about what dental implants actually are. We encourage our Fremont, CA patients read on to learn more about dental implants and the amazing benefits you can experience should you choose to restore your missing teeth with them.
The Anatomy of a Dental Implant
Many patients assume that a dental implant is a single continuous piece. However, this is not true. The minimum amount of pieces a dental implant might come with is two pieces. The most common type of implant and the one we use at our practice is made up of three different parts. These parts are:
- The Implant Fixture: The first piece of a dental implant to be placed is the implant fixture. This piece functions as an artificial tooth root and is placed in the empty spot left behind by your missing tooth during the implant procedure. As this piece heals, a process called osseointegration works to integrate it into your jaw structure, allowing your body to manipulate it just like it would a natural tooth root. This process is possible because the implant fixture is made from titanium, which your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural.
- The Abutment: The second part of the dental implant to be placed is the abutment. The purpose of the abutment is to connect the replacement tooth to the implant fixture. While this part can possibly be placed directly after the implant procedure, it is not uncommon to wait until after the recovery period before having it attached to the fixture.
- The Replacement Tooth: The last part of the dental implant to be placed is the replacement tooth. This piece can come in many forms, though the most common restorations used are dental crowns, dental bridges, and overdentures. Regardless of the replacement used, we will custom-make your restoration based on scans we take of your remaining natural teeth. This allows us to provide replacement teeth that fit in perfectly among your natural teeth.
What is Osseointegration?
The reason why dental implants work so well is because of the process of osseointegration. It turns out that our jawbone is capable of naturally healing itself. When we place the implant fixture in your jawbone, it triggers this natural healing ability. When your jawbone begins healing from the implant fixture’s placement, new bone tissue begins growing up along the surface of the implant. The implant fixture is typically covered in small holes, which your jawbone will actually thread itself through as it heals, pulling the implant fixture permanently into position. Thanks to this process, your body will not be able to tell the difference between your natural and artificial tooth roots.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Thanks to osseointegration, dental implants come with many exclusive benefits that simply cannot be matched by other restoration methods alone. For instance, because your implant fixture is held in place by your jawbone and gums, it should never get loose or move out of place. The fact that your implants do not move will ensure that no one will be able to tell them apart from your natural teeth as there will be no movement to give them away. As an added benefit, your implants will require no additional maintenance other than your normal brushing and flossing to stay healthy.
Dental implants also have the benefit of being far more durable than other teeth restoration methods. When properly cared for, your implants can last far longer than any other treatment. And, your dental implants will also be able to withstand a wider variety of foods than other restoration methods. Your implant supported replacement teeth will be able to handle any kind of food you may throw at them as they will be just as strong as your natural teeth.
Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation Today
As you can see, the dental implant system is poised to present you with a variety of benefits and quality of life benefits that make it a better choice for your teeth restoration treatment than other methods. If you would like to learn more about implants and their benefits, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Munira Lokhandwala today.