It may seem vain but dental implants serve a purpose. According to the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), bones need constant stimulation to keep its form and density. In the case of jaw bones, teeth provide that necessary stimulation. Thus, when a tooth is lost due to decay or for what other reason jaw bone density will gradually decrease leading to that sunken look and even eating difficulties. Dental implants however provide and preserve that all important bone structure.
What are implants?
Thanks largely to technological and medical advancements, missing tooth can be replaced by implants. Made up of three components: the implant itself, the abutment, and the crown; a dental implant is inserted into the gum cavity and through a process known as ossointegration, the implant fuses with the bone.
Advantages of implants
While many people get dental implants for aesthetic reasons, this treatment offers a range of benefits.
For many, implants boost confidence. With a solid facial bone structure, patients look healthier, younger, and radiant. Also, in contrast to dentures, implants behave like natural teeth thus allowing patients to relish their favourite meals without worrying about ill-fitting dentures slipping. And, while implants function like tooth, it differs in the sense that implants are not vulnerable to decay.
Web MD states that 98 % of dental implants are successful but as with any treatments or medical/dental procedure, a dentist must consider the overall health history and condition of the patient. Cases such as diabetes, heart problems, or advanced bone loss would have to be evaluated.
Once placed, the patient must be committed to strict oral hygiene and refrain from heavy smoking to ensure its success. In fact, if proper oral hygiene is observed, implants can last a lifetime.
If you think you are a candidate for implants, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRootÂ® ceramic dental implants the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.
Missing tooth? Despair not. Your friendly dentist has the treatment dental implants. These marvels of technology may look like a treatment taken from the space age but archaeology taught otherwise.
As we know today, dental implants are those metal screw-like contraptions that are implanted into bones to replace missing tooth. However, archaeology has yielded evidence that humans have been replacing lost tooth as far back as 4000 BCE. Then, dental implants were made from materials such as bamboo, shells, precious metals, and ivory. By the mid-20th century, dental research found titanium to be the best metal for such forms of surgery as it effectively ossintegrates into bone and tissues.
Titanium vs Zirconia
Metals - which titanium is - was chosen since it gave implants the strength it needed to withstand the demands of grinding and chewing. Although titanium is indeed reliable, it also comes with setbacks. As a metal, titanium corrodes. When introduced into the human body, a titanium dental implant is exposed to an environment that is hostile to metals. Overtime, titanium will corrode and its structural integrity will be affected.
Also, when metal corrodes, it releases particles. In the case of titanium dental implants, these particles become ions that bind to proteins. This is a recipe for failure as these particles cause itching and inflammation. Currently, there is still research on titanium allergy but figures attest that there's a connection between titanium dental implants and the growing number of allergies.
Zirconia on the other hand, is an all ceramic dental implant and offers a variety of advantages. One of course, is that it does not corrode nor does it cause allergies. Zirconia is also durable and has proven that it can withstand monstrous pressure and strain and still show no signs of deformity.
For patients veering away from metals, zirconia is heaven sent.
For further inquiries on the beauty that is zirconia, visit us at Total Body Dentistry. Our clinic offers CeraRootÃÂ® ceramic dental implants - the first and the only implant that is metal-free and 100 % biocompatible. For inquiries or to set an appointment, please call us at (+632) 727.8655.