Agaki Meir

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A tooth can be separated into two different portio.., 04-13-2010 01:53PM

By: meir agaki

A tooth can be separated into two different portions: the crown and the root. The crown is the esthetic portion of the tooth which is seen by the naked eye; it is the tooth structure that is above the gums and what we use to smile and chew on. On the contrary, the root is the portion of the tooth which anchors the crown to the bone; it is not seen by the naked eye because it is encased in bone.
Dental implants have become very popular throughout the field of dentistry. Providing a foundation for the replacement of missing teeth, implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Once a tooth is extracted, an implant can be used to replace the missing tooth. The root structure is replaced with a titanium dental implant fixture, which can be surgically placed immediately after tooth extraction or several years post-extraction. In order for implant success, adequate bone and gum tissue must be present at the time of surgical placement. An examination with radiographs (x-rays) and/or CT scans must be used to determine the adequacy of these supporting structures. After the surgical placement of the implant fixture, during a period of approximately three months, bone grows around the implant fixture in a process called osseointegration. After this period, the dentist can restore the implant with an abutment which is used to support the final crown.
There are various alternatives to dental implants which can be used to replace missing teeth such as fixed and removable bridges, partials, or complete dentures. Each of these alternatives present with advantages and disadvantages which can be discussed with your dentist. Based on current dental implant research, about 4% of implants can fail due to several reasons, mainly due to the failure of proper osseointegration. Should this failure occur, we will apply 100% of the implant fee to an alternative treatment of your choice.

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