Do dental implants really function like natural teeth? We’re asked that a lot at Staten Island Dental Care, as patients weigh their tooth replacement options.
Dental implants may sound too good to be true, but we can assure you that they really do look and function like natural teeth.
We’ll use this blog post to describe exactly what dental implants are. First of all, a clarification: a dental implant is not, strictly speaking, a replacement tooth. An implant is really a titanium post that we insert into the jaw; the post is a support for the replacement tooth.
Implants are typically made of titanium, which is fully compatible with human bone. This is one of the great things about them: they completely fuse with the bone and become a part of the body. Cases of rejection are rare.
The implant acts are a substitute for the tooth root that was lost along with the natural tooth. One implant can support one artificial tooth, and several can support a bridge or full dental arch.
With all of that said, we use the term “dental implant” to refer to the whole thing: the titanium post and the artificial tooth they support. The process takes about six months, start-to-finish. Once it’s all fully healed most patients can’t tell the difference between the implant and a natural tooth. They’ve got full biting and chewing power, and teeth that look as real as they function.
At Staten Island Dental Care we offer dental implants. Patients throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Bayonne are enjoying the benefits. They also come to our practice for complete general dentistry services. Please give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
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