Posted on 11/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|Comparing implants to real teeth is a struggle we have all been down when it comes our time to decide what to do with a problem tooth. Other times, you have already lost your tooth and are curious how an implant holds up in its wake. Here at BiteLock, Dr. Pedro Franco can walk you through the intricacies of his work, and we can help you to find a solution or to better understand your procedure by answering any questions you may have.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a great option when it comes to filling in gaps where teeth used to be. This could be from a tooth extraction due to decay or illness, or it could have fallen out because of bone loss or aging. Regardless, the socket needs filling before further damage takes place around the problem area. An implant is a permanent solution where a post made from titanium is surgically installed into your upper or lower jawbone, where it acts as the root of a false tooth. It is a strong base and offers a degree of versatility as there is a wide range of appliances that can be cemented or screwed onto the post once healed.
How Does an Implant Compare to My Natural Teeth?
In many ways, an implant is nearly identical. In fact, it is the closest we can get to recreating the tooth. The post stimulates the jaw as you chew since the metal has fused entirely with the bone surrounding it. This means that you are eliminating the bone loss in the area that can otherwise run rampant. Because it has fused, it also means that the artificial tooth/teeth are very stable and the whole construct is as strong, if not stronger, than a natural tooth in the same position would be.
There are some slight differences, however. The most mentionable of these differences would likely be the movement factor. You see, natural teeth are in a slightly suspended position. They are attached to the bone and gums through ligaments and have a slight ability to move when you are chewing or if there is an impact of some kind. Because an implant becomes one with the bone that is holding it in place, it is as immobile as the bone is. There is no shifting or tilting with the motion of your mouth. Also, because the implant is not made of living matter, it does not decay in the way that a natural tooth or root would.
Here at BiteLock, we can guide you through everything that makes an implant better, or if you are better off salvaging your natural tooth, we can explain to you why that is best as well. Dr. Pedro Franco has years of experience under his belt, deeming him knowledgeable and capable. You will be in great hands. If you have any questions or concerns regarding implants or another upcoming procedure, be sure to give us a call today and set up an appointment.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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