What are teeth implants?
Teeth implants are artificial roots of metal that are implanted in your jaw bone to replace missing teeth. On top of the implanted metal root it is possible to attach a crown, a bridge or a set of dentures depending on how many teeth need to be replaced. If cared for properly teeth implants can function and look exactly like natural teeth and can last much longer than most of their alternatives.
What are teeth implants made of?
The roots of teeth implants are made of titanium. Titanium is a very suitable metal for implants, because it is able to interact with the natural bone tissue in such a way that the implants become integrated into the jaw bone. This proces is called osseointegration and is a unique quality in titanium the discovery of which made implants possible. The roots of the implants are normally shaped like a screw which makes the integration very strong. Crowns attached on top of teeth implants are normally made of porcelain to make the implants look as natural as possible.
Why choose teeth implants?
Dental bridges and dentures are good alternatives to implants and will in many cases be the preferred choice. In other cases there is a wish to replace the missing teeth with something that functions and looks more like the natural teeth. This might be the case with young people who lost a tooth because of caries or trauma, and where the bone structure and surrounding teeth are healthy and sound. In these situations teeth implants are a good alternative.
Sometimes teeth implants are also used to add retention to dentures or to attach bridges onto, when there are no natural teeth that can serve as anchors. When implants are used as anchors for dentures, ‘snap-in’ buttons’ are attached on top of the implants instead of porcelain crowns. More about dentures and dental bridges here.