How Does a Dental Implant Compare to a Real Tooth?
Even though every professional will advise patients to take care of their real teeth to avoid getting dental implants, in situations where natural teeth have suffered irreversible damage or are causing a patient discomfort, dental implants are the best solution.
Since dental implants mimic natural teeth, it may make many patients wonder how a dental implant compares to a real tooth and the advantages of having natural teeth replaced for dental implants.
Dental Implants Are Permanent
Since dental implants are meant to fuse naturally into a patient's jawbone, they eventually fit into your jawbone like your natural teeth and become permanent.
Therefore, unlike natural teeth, which may break or decay, dental implants are permanent and will last a lifetime if properly cared for. In exceptional cases where a person's dental implants are misplaced, dentists may perform a dental implant restoration to restore the missing tooth.
Dental Implants Are Stronger Than Natural Teeth
Despite the strength of our natural teeth, dental implants are comparable to, or even stronger than, our natural teeth. This is because our natural teeth are susceptible to tooth decay. The dental implant materials include high-quality titanium, considered one of the most robust metals on the planet.
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Dental Implants Are Not Susceptible to Tooth Decay
Natural teeth are more prone to tooth decay due to the damage from the bacteria in your mouth. However, the dental implant's titanium material does not suffer from bacterial damage. Therefore, dental implants are stronger and more likely to last a lifetime than natural teeth.
The Strength of Implants Depends on the Patient’s Jawbone
The strength of an individual's jawbone significantly impacts how their body will react to dental implants. The patient's jawbone recovers around the implants throughout the process called osseointegration.
The implants will hold intact if a person has a strong jawbone that heals well. In a successful dental implant placement, the implant will not move since it is cemented within the jawbone. Moreover, strong jawbones can stabilize dental implants since they allow them to perform at their best as you bite, speak, or eat.
If a patient's jawbone exhibits symptoms of poor health during the examination, we will often prescribe them a bone grafting treatment before placing the dental implant.
Bone grafting involves a doctor removing a portion of bone from other parts of an individual's body and inserting it into the damaged area of their jawbone. This promotes bone renewal and prepares the jawbone for dental implants.
If you have any other questions about how a dental implant compares to a natural tooth, feel free to contact us at Excel Dental. Our professionals are available to assist clients at (360) 369-3930.