Dental implants, including All-on-4 implants, are made of special materials to create a stable, realistic-looking, and long-lasting replacement for your teeth. These materials are chosen for their special characteristics and ability to give you the best possible appearance and to keep your jawbone healthy.
Construction of Dental Implants
Successful dental implants became possible when a scientist discovered that bone would naturally bond to titanium. Dental implants are made of titanium or titanium alloys. When they are placed in the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implants and bond with them as if they were bone. This process is called osseointegration and allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root. It holds the new tooth securely in place and also stimulates growth in the jawbone.
The visible portion of the implant—the prosthetic tooth—is usually made of porcelain or another tooth-colored substance. The teeth are custom-made to match any remaining teeth you might have so that they won’t look out of place. If you have All-on-4 implants, you’ll have a full denture that is also custom made. The denture is secured to the abutments of the implants so it will remain stationary but can be removed for cleaning.
Caring for Your Implants
Your prosthetic teeth are made of durable materials, but you should take care of them to be sure they’ll last. This includes brushing and flossing to remove food particles from your mouth and to keep your gums healthy. You should also visit your dentist regularly. He might want to see you more often to evaluate the condition of your gums. Gum disease is common among people with dental implants, and any severe problems of this nature could cause your implants to fail.
It’s also important to avoid foods and beverage that could stain your teeth, and to avoid activities that could chip or break them, such as biting on pens and pencils or chewing on ice cubes. With diligent hygiene and regular care, your implants will last you many years.
If you have further questions about All-on-4 implants, or want to pursue implant surgery, call the office of Dr. Jirik to schedule a consultation.