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Dental implants are a complete, permanent solution to missing teeth.
Other tooth replacement options only replace the visible, or crown, portion of the tooth. While this is an excellent option if the tooth still has a viable root, if you’ve lost both the crown and root (that is, if you’ve lost the whole tooth), a dental implant is often the most effective option for replacement.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that is anchored in your jaw. It’s an artificial tooth root, and can hold an artificial tooth or support a dental bridge. Titanium has been found to be very compatible with bone tissue. The implant has tiny grooves in it which give a good surface for bone tissue to connect with.
Avoiding bone loss
Replacing the tooth root prevents osseo degradation, or bone loss, in response to the tooth root’s absence. This can eventually affect the structural integrity of your bite, resulting in the painful symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD. It can also deteriorate the shape of your face.
To learn more about dental implants or to schedule your personal consultation in the Vancouver area, contact us today.