Dr. Eric Shantzer and Dr. Uzel provide a full range of dental implant services all under one roof at Richboro Dental Excellence. From single tooth implants for replacing a missing tooth to full Upper or Lower arches, it can all be done in one office. Want to replace an existing denture with solid pain-free implant-supported bridges, we have the solution! And it's all in one place.
How Are Dental Implants Constructed?
Dental implants are typically crafted from titanium. This biocompatible metal is ultra-strong and is also used for many hip replacements. The titanium is formed into a type of synthetic root that is drilled directly into a hole within the jaw. This synthetic root is the support system for the new tooth, which is also typically made of titanium. The prosthetic tooth is then covered with an implant crown that matches the natural teeth around it. Once the prosthetic tooth has been screwed into place atop the titanium framework, it is highly unlikely to move at all. The stability of a dental implant is very similar to that of a natural tooth, and in fact, the titanium roots may be stronger than the natural ones were.
The longevity of dental implants can vary from one person to the next. However, because the majority of people getting dental implants are 45 or older, the implants will generally last for the remainder of a patient's life. While the framework of the dental implants will not need replacement, the crown overlay may need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years due to the fact that the crown is subjected to the wear and tear of chewing every day.