Dental implants over the last 20 plus years have revolutionized the practice of dentistry. Before dental implants, dentists had to rely on the remaining teeth to create appliances to replace missing teeth. If a patients did not have any remaining teeth, they were destined to wear dentures which would sit on top of the ridges where their teeth once were. Overtime these ridges would atrophy and the dentures would become more and more loose consequently effecting chewing and digestion. The advent of Dental Implants changed all of this. We no longer needed to rely on adjacent teeth to treat missing teeth. Dentures can now be anchored in the mouth, which reduces movement and also preserves the bone. That means better chewing, better digestion and a resulting healthier lifestyle.
The most common dental Implants are made of Titanium. Titanium is a metal which has unique properties of biocompatibility and osseointegration. Biocompatibility prevents this material from being rejected by the human body. Osseointegration allows the titanium to actually attach to bone. A implant can thus safely replace a missing tooth and functionally distribute chewing forces to the surrounding bone. In this way it mimics a natural tooth.
Dr. Anandarajah recieved extensive training at the California Implant Institute. At our office in North Scottsdale, we are able to see if dental implants are a good solution for your missing teeth.
Learn more about the implant procedure? Check out the video below.
This video compares the two options for replacing a missing tooth.
Dental Implants are more conservative since the adjacent teeth are left untouched.
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