Dental implants are considered a permanent and effective solution for missing teeth. Dental implants allow you to bite and chew like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants vs Dentures
Dentures can feel uncomfortable when eating, restrict your food choices, and need to be removed for cleaning. Teeth restored with dental implants can’t get cavities, but can develop gum disease. Thus, good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are necessary in order to ensure longevity of your implants. Dental implants are one option to replace missing teeth and can provide the feel, function and appearance of natural teeth. Dr Jason Hsiao is a very experienced dental implant professional who can give you the best advice and all the options and the restoration method that will meet your long-term needs.
What is a dental implant?
In the course of life, teeth can be lost because of cavities, gum disease, or accidents. A missing tooth can cause many problems and their natural function, our eating habits and outward appearance becomes impaired. The dental implant is a screw-shaped buttress, which replaces the natural dental root. The implant is inserted in the jawbone, where it will be firmly embedded by the bone after an average of 6-8 weeks. During this healing phase, dental implants are usually not covered by soft tissue, so a further surgical procedure is not required when the crown is attached.
What are dental implants made from?
Dental implants are made from commercially pure titanium. This material is integrated without complications by the body’s tissues, non-allergic rejection reactions occur. Firm anchorage in the bone and harmonious adaptation of the gum margin to the implant body result in a solid foundation for reliable and long-lasting dental substitution.
Implants for more than one tooth
Replacing multiple teeth using dental implants with individual crowns or with an implant-supported fixed bridge gives your teeth a level of fit, feel and functionality that is not possible with other treatment options. The process is often completed over multiple visits.
Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss.
Usually made of titanium, a dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth root and provides a strong and sturdy foundation for one or more replacement teeth or crowns.