There is no doubt that natural teeth are remarkably strong. Not only are they made from the strongest substance in your entire body, but they are designed to perform a lifetime of tasks such as chewing hard foods and supporting the structure of your jawbone. Still, teeth get damaged, diseased and go missing from time to time.
If you have a missing tooth, you may be wondering if a replacement tooth will ever offer the strength and durability that your natural tooth once provided? Thanks to the advancements of modern restorative dentistry, the answer is yes! Dental implants make it possible to have a prosthetic tooth that matches the strength of a real tooth.
Titanium Posts Are The Secret Ingredient
The actual dental implant is not what you see above the gum line. Instead, it is the titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone where your natural tooth used to be. In other words, it takes the place of the missing tooth root. Titanium is a biocompatible material with amazing strength. Over time, the post fuses to the surrounding bone during a process called osseointegration. This forms a secure and strong foundation for your prosthetic tooth, and one that will stay in place for a lifetime!
A Healthy Jawbone is Important
Since the jawbone is what encases and fuses to your implant, it is important that you have a healthy and strong jaw to support the implant. While bone grafting can be done if you’ve lost bone density, using your natural, healthy jawbone structure is ideal. If your jawbone is weak or has gradually atrophied after tooth loss, the success (and strength) of your dental implant can be threatened.
Dental Implants Don’t Require Restrictions
Because implants can offer the same strength, stabilization and durability of real teeth, you won’t have to avoid certain foods or feel self-conscious that your prosthetic tooth (or teeth) will slip out of place when eating, talking or laughing. Best of all, when implants are placed by a skilled dentist, they are built to last the rest of your life!
Ready to replace your missing tooth with one that not only looks like a real tooth, but one that also has the same strength? Call Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta today!