Dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options out there, gaining this momentum thanks to their many benefits and advantages for patients with missing teeth. For patients in Pleasanton, CA, quality dental implants are as close at Pleasanton Prosthodontics with Dr. Maggie Chao.
But if you’re asking yourself what dental implants are exactly, then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s explore what comprises a dental implant and what has made this treatment successful among unique patients.
Dental implants are comprised of three main pieces: the titanium screw, abutment, and the prosthetic crown. The screw and abutment are constructed from titanium, whereas the prosthetic crown is usually molded from porcelain. Each of these pieces can also be crafted to fit comfortably in your mouth, to ensure that it not only looks natural but feels natural as well.
This first piece is the main anchor of the implant, and is embedded into the bone first. It’s left for the beginnings of osseointegration to take place. As titanium is biocompatible with human bone, the bone is triggered to regenerate and wraps firmly around the implant as though it were a natural tooth.
This second piece is the cap to the pen. The abutment is placed on top of the titanium screw and will serve as the base for the prosthetic crown. The gums are molded around the abutment in order to fit it comfortably and hide a majority of the metallic pieces.
This final piece will be customized according to yours and Dr. Chao’s specifications. Made from porcelain, the crown can be shaped and shaded to your needs for your smile. We’ll work closely with you to get the best artificial crown that both looks and feels as realistic as possible.
While there are some dental implants that are made up of only two pieces, the most common form of implant, and the one we use here at Pleasanton Prosthodontics, is made up of the three we mentioned above.
You’ve seen the term on this site, osseointegration – but what is it exactly? Osseointegration is the reason that so many enjoy their dental implants. It’s what has made dental implants so successful and boils down to a simple fusion process.
Titanium has been found to be biocompatible with human bone, thanks to the results of an experiment done in the 1950s. It was discovered by accident that some titanium ligaments had bonded to the bones of rabbits during testing. This new knowledge was applied to the field of dentistry, as a stepping stone for new and improved dental implants.
When the titanium screw is placed inside the jawbone, it triggers the bone to regenerate and accept it as a viable tooth replacement. It wraps its fibers around the implant and bonds it tightly to the jawbone.
Osseointegration is the reason for a lot of the benefits that come with dental implants. Due to the permanence, dental implants hold a lot of strength that isn’t often found with other tooth replacement options such as dentures or dental bridges. They can withstand the toughness and texture of your favorite foods, as well as stay secure during normal activities like eating and talking.
Dental implants are also much easier to clean and maintain. Since they are permanent, they can be cared for in the same way you would with a natural tooth. Simply use a soft-bristle toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste along with floss and any other part of your oral health regimen. They’re also beneficial for your oral health, as they won’t be susceptible to tooth decay or other periodontal diseases.
If you’re missing one or more teeth in Pleasanton, CA than a dental implant or two may be just the solution you need. Contact us today at Pleasanton Prosthodontics to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chao. During the consultation, you’ll receive more detailed information about your individual treatment plan and help decide if dental implants are best for you.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM