Dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots, mainly because of their appearance. Implants are anchored in the edentulous jaw sections – directly into the jawbone. The experience of recent years have shown that implantation into the jaw bone gives patients the best results. Such implants are referred to as endosseous implants, and they are used almost exclusively today by your local Flushing Implant Cosmetic Dentist.
Implants usually consist of three parts: The anchored body, the neck portion and the attached crown. In contrast to the “anchors”, however, there are conditions that have to be further fulfilled before the procedure is considered successful. You must have living tissue present – and in this case, this is jaw bone. It must be able to grow and withstand the stresses during chewing.
The implant needs to be fully biocompatible with the jaw. The implants usually needs a certain amount of healing time (usually between three and eight months) to firmly adhere to the bone, thus ensuring maximum stability under the masticatory load. This is known as osseointegration; living bone cells need to grow directly on the surface of the implant for the surgery to be successful.
The neck portions of implants are particularly smooth because they form the point of passage through the oral mucosa. It’s important that the oral mucosa can attach very tightly from the oral cavity into the jawbone, thus preventing inflammation around the implant. Moreover, your Queens dentist will look for a smooth dental surface, which reduces the bacterial count. The head portions are used for connecting an artificial tooth crown. To this end, these parts are bolted or glued to the implant’s body and neck. The crown is finally cemented or bolted in place.
Certain materials are used that meet the important demand for biocompatibility and strength. Most endosseous implants are made of pure titanium or titanium alloys. These materials have been used in medicine for years in orthopedics and other areas because the metal is accepted by the body without causing adverse reactions. The same applies to special ceramics. Implants made of ceramic material have been found to be less resistant to breakage.
There are now a wide variety of implant systems that a Flushing dentist will use. The differences lie in the design, the implant surface and the type of connection between the implant body and the dental prosthesis mounted thereon. The previously common implants used have no great significance. These implants were placed in the 70 years since, where more bone was present. For more information contact Flushing Family Dental today.