What are Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most exciting innovation that ever happened in dentistry. With dental implants, missing teeth can be restored to their most natural condition. Dental implants are usually made of a highly bio-compatible material called titanium and are in the shape of cylinder or screw. The normal length of a dental implant is in the range of 10-14 mm (1 inch is 24 mm), and the usual diameter is 3.5-6 mm. However, dental implants as short as 5 mm and as long as 17-18 mm are also available.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone to replace the roots of missing teeth. Dental implants usually have a special coating, or rough surface, to allow bone growth into their micro-structure. This creates a strong bond between bone and the dental implant surface. This is called “osseointegration”. Once in place and integrated with their surrounding bone, dental implants can support a porcelain tooth or bridge, or provide stability and retention to removable dentures.
2 DENTAL IMPLANTS INTEGRATED IN THE BONE, WITH THE TOP SLIGHTLY UNDER THE GUM
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Implant teeth feel, function, and look like natural teeth. They feel so natural that people who have them will forget their presence in their mouth.
A MISSING TOOTH RESTORED WITH ONE DENTAL IMPLANT
NOTICE THE NATURAL LOOK
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An implant tooth is generally made of 3 major components: An implant fixture which is anchored in the bone, a porcelain crown (tooth), and an abutment which connects the crown to the dental implant.
SCHEMATIC ILLUSTRATION OF A DENTAL IMPLANT, ABUTMENT, AND CROWN
Porcelain crowns which are made the exact size, anatomy, and color of natural teeth are the only visible part. Dental implants and abutments are covered by bone and gum and are not visible, and can only be seen by an x-ray.
It is possible for 2 implants to support a 3 or 4 teeth bridge. It is also possible to replace all upper or lower missing teeth with 4 to 8 implants.
2 DENTAL IMPLANTS SUPPORTING A 3 TOOTH BRIDGE
From the replacement of a single missing tooth to extensive reconstruction and replacement of several or even all teeth, Dental Implant Centers offer the healthiest and most intelligent treatment solutions. We provide the most comprehensive treatments for dental implants in San Diego. Both surgical and restorative phases of your dental implant treatment are performed by Dr. Khazian. There will be no referral back and forth to another doctor or office. This means a more consistent, smoother, and faster dental implant treatment.
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