One of the most frequently asked question in dentistry is how to replace missing teeth. One of the best ways to do this is with ceramic dental implants. The use of implants in the U.S. and worldwide has skyrocketed in the last few years. Research has shown the placement of implants has increased 400 percent in the last 10 years.
Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. The procedure begin with a comprehensive examination to determine the suitability of the patient for dental implants. Next, a post is placed in the upper or lower jaw, which acts as a root. Next a crown or cap is placed on the post. This is what replaces the missing tooth.
Implants are an excellent long term option for restoring your smile. It is widely believed that the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.
Traditionally implants were made from titanium, which is a very strong metal. In the last few years, many patients have not been satisfied with having metal in their bodies and want a more biocompatible solution. This led to the development of ceramic or zirconia implants. These are metal-free and also promote growth of gum tissue around the implant while being very biocompatible.
The ceramic implants are also much more esthetic that titanium implants since they are white like teeth while titanium is a gray color. Most patients find that implants are secure and stable and are a good replacement for their own teeth.
Ceramic dental implants serve as a great source for replacing missing teeth and securing dentures so that the dentures do not move while chewing. Implants can make a denture feel like your own natural teeth. This improves an individual’s ability to properly chew their food which allows for the essential breakdown of the food to take place in the stomach. Without this process, the body is not able to utilize the nutrients from the food.
So you can see the importance of replacing teeth and the vital role implants could play to improve our overall health.
Terry Victor, DDS, is a dentist in Washington D.C., providing general restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Victor is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and is also certified by the Eco-Dentistry Association. For more information, visit TheDCDentist.com. See ad, page 4.