Human teeth are composed of a very hard substance called calcium phosphate. The inner chambers or root canals contain soft connective tissue, nerves and a nourishing blood supply. Ingenious and unique in their design, teeth are truly irreplaceable, and your dentist at Western Slope Dental Center wants you to have healthy and attractive teeth for a lifetime.
When Teeth Fail
Due to periodontal disease, decay, and accidents, teeth do fail. Before a dentist extracts a tooth, he or she will discuss tooth replacement options with the patient. Bridgework and partial and full dentures work well to fill gaps and restore facial appearance, speech, and ability to bite and chew. However, they present problems of fit, slippage, and breakdown.
Over the past 3 decades, the dental implant has gained much notoriety and acceptance as the replacement option of choice among dentists and their patients all over the world. This innovative device consists of a surgically placed titanium screw, an abutment or post, and a porcelain crown. Effectively, the dental implant replaces a tooth from root to crown.
What Dental Implants are Made of
According to the Academy of Osseointegration, a Swedish researcher back in the 1960s discovered that titanium metal works exceptionally well to anchor a prosthetic tooth to the jaw bone. Titanium is miraculously biocompatible - so much so that when a dentist places a titanium screw into a patient's jaw, the bone bonds right to the metal. This process is called osseointegration.
So the dental implant device itself is titanium. The abutment, which the dentist places after the surgical site has healed, is also typically titanium, although some abutments may be stainless steel or even gold. The crown, which finishes the restoration, is porcelain. The crown matches the gap in size, alignment and color, creating a look and feel that so closely mimics a natural tooth that patients say they cannot tell the difference.
Implants Replace One or More Teeth
Drs. Berguin and Funderburk at Western Slope Dental Center use dental implants in their Grand Junction area practice to fulfill a variety of patient needs. With healthy gum tissue and bone density, the dentists can replace a single or multiple teeth with dental implants. Additionally, a series of implants can support porcelain bridgework or fixed or removable full dentures. The highest quality materials and dental craftsmanship produce a nearly perfect success rate with dental implants from Western Slope Dental Center. Plus, with good oral hygiene, implants last for decades.
Find out More
Please call Western Slope Dental Center to arrange for a dental implant consultation. They can discuss dental implant materials, the procedure, the cost, and how these prosthetic teeth can recreate your natural-looking smile. Phone (970) 241-3483.