Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|When it comes to implants, we are confident that you will be comfortable here at BiteLock with Dr. Pedro Franco leading our team. We have years of experience that allow us to know our procedures inside and out. From deciding which device is best for you to the surgical and healing process and beyond, we have got you covered. We can explain every bit to you every step of the way, so give us a call today for more information about your upcoming procedure.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a great option for the replacement of teeth. This is a healthier and far more comfortable alternative to traditional removable dental appliances. This is a small post (generally made of titanium) that is surgically installed into your upper or lower jaws to act as a “root” for a false tooth. These are permanent, and they owe their success to a fusion that occurs between the metal and the bone called Osseointegration.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is, very simply, a fancier name for “bone connection.” There are two options for the materials composing an implant, titanium ( metal) and zirconium ( ceramic). Both of these, when inserted into your jaw, undergo a fusion process with the surrounding bone. This means that the post over time attaches to the bone. The bone grows all around and flush against the implant, providing a stable and secure base. This ensures that the post will not move over time.
Benefits of Osseointegration Over Removable Dental Appliances
There is a wide variety of benefits that come along with dental implants and the Osseointegration process, but first, it is important to understand the cons that can come alongside removable appliances. Bridges and dentures are the most commonly seen removable dental products. These can cause an assortment of issues over time. Most importantly, over time removable dentures can cause bone loss.
Since there is nothing stimulating the bone (removable pieces sit on the gums’ surface), it can deteriorate over time. This leads to issues ranging from pain and cosmetic damage of the mouth and face to the inability to undergo other dental surgeries later without grafting. These pieces can also be uncomfortable since they tend to shift around. This can leave sores on the gums and can cause gagging if they slide backward toward your throat.
With implants, you do not have to worry about any of these. Osseointegration ensures that you will not have to deal with bone loss, as they stimulate your jaw in much the same way that a natural tooth root would as you chew. They also will not shift as time goes by, so no painful or embarrassing slippage. They provide the utmost comfortability as they feel as natural as your real teeth, only stronger. This also means that the cosmetic differences will be eliminated (such as sinking lips or cheeks). You will be able to eat, chew, and speak normally once more, which can be inhibited by traditional dentures. Your implant is permanently locked in place, and with care can last you a lifetime.
Dr. Pedro Franco here at BiteLock can help you get through this process without hassle or fear. We know what we are doing and will help you feel comfortable and safe every step of the way. Give us a call today so we can address any questions or concerns you may have.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
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