Rather than choosing removable dentures that rest on the gum line or fixed bridges that use adjacent teeth as anchors, Dr. Addleson recommends dental implants for San Diego residents wanting long-term solutions for missing teeth. Implants can provide durability, functionality and an appearance similar to that of original teeth. What makes a dental implant such an effective solution? The answer can be found by looking at the 3 basic parts of these amazing masterpieces used by the experts at The Art of Dentistry:
1. Implant screw/root— This piece is composed of titanium metal and is surgically attached to the jawbone. Over time, it fuses and becomes a permanent part of the jaw by means of a process called osseointegration. The screw is bio-compatible, provides complete reliability and helps prevent any bone loss caused by missing teeth.
2. The abutment—Once the process of osseointegration is complete and the implant screw is completely secured, this titanium piece becomes the vital part that connects to the screw and provides a surface for the new artificial tooth to attached itself to.
3. Crown—A custom-made tooth composed of durable porcelain that is securely attached to the abutment and placed to fill the empty space caused by the vacated tooth. Similar to natural teeth in strength and look, no one will notice that you have received implant treatment.
Understanding the anatomy of a dental implant verifies its effectiveness and superiority in resolving issues associated with tooth loss. With proper placement by Dr. Addleson, along with appropriate care on your part, your dental implants from the San Diego specialists at The Art of Dentistry can provide you with a happy, healthy looking smile that lasts for a lifetime.