Implant medicine has made tremendous advances in the last century. Today’s patient can have any number of missing or damaged biological structures replaced with man-made implants (like joints, pacemakers, and stents). Implants are used for birth control and for enhancement of physical attributes. Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental Center encourages patients throughout the Glendale area to learn more about another type of implant that contributes to appearance, health, and quality of life – tooth implants.
Understanding tooth implant technology
Various types of implants are made of titanium for two reasons. First, titanium is biocompatible, which means that your body accepts it readily, with little risk of rejection, allergic reaction, or sensitivity. Second, through a process called osseointegration, bone fuses solidly with titanium, rather than healing around it.
A dental implant is a small screw made of titanium. In a brief surgical procedure the implant is placed into the jawbone at the precise site of a missing tooth. The surgery is preplanned for predictable results, and only a small incision in the gum is required. The device replicates the root of a natural tooth. Soft tissues heal in a day or two, and over the next few months osseointegration occurs, holding the implant firmly in place.
Dr. Koppikar adds an attachment post called an abutment, and tops the implant with a beautiful porcelain crown to replace the missing tooth.
Why tooth implants make sense
For the patient who is a good candidate for a dental implant (and most are), this method is the best, long-term replacement available for a lost tooth. It requires no special care, just normal brushing and flossing. The restored tooth looks completely natural, and it feels and “chews” so much like the real thing that many of Dr. Koppikar’s patients forget which tooth is the implant! An implant restores your ability to eat nutritious foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. The implant keeps other teeth from shifting out of position, and it stimulates strong, healthy jaw bone that supports facial features.
A single tooth, several teeth, or a whole arch may be restored with dental implants. Denture wearers enjoy an incredible increase in stability and comfort with implant supported dentures.
A beautiful smile, eating enjoyment, oral health, and a boost in self confidence. These add up to an improved quality of life for Glendale area residents. Call Biltmore Dental Center today at (602) 954-8200 to schedule a complimentary consultation.