Elmhurst Dentist Explains Why Dental Implants are Durable

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on May 17, 2011

If you’re missing a tooth you know how disruptive tooth loss can be to your life. Increasingly, many of our patients are interested in replacing missing teeth with permanent dental implants. Patients often ask our Elmhurst dental implant dentists how implants differ from alternatives like bridges, crowns, and dentures. Dental implants are more stable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth. Today let’s talk about some of the reasons that dental implants are so durable.


The Strength of Titanium


The root of the dental implant is placed directly into the bone—it replaces the root of the missing tooth. The root of the dental implant is made of titanium or titanium alloy, which has many advantages. First of all, titanium has reliable strength and is resistant to fracture. Most importantly titanium is accepted readily by the body—over time, the titanium roots will actually fuse with the bone. This is what allows dental implants to mimic natural teeth and hold up over time.


Retain Your Healthy, Natural Teeth

Dental implants are crafted to work in harmony with your other teeth—keeping your dental implants and natural teeth strong for years. Dental implant roots can be used to secure bridges, dentures, crowns, and other restorations. Unlike alternatives, dental implants do not require our Elmhurst dentists to file away healthy tooth structure. Consequently, the adjacent teeth remain strong and stable. Additionally, the visible part of your dental implant—the restoration—is made of sturdy porcelain or composite resin, and crafted to fit your bite and smile. This prevents uneven strain or wear and tear on your teeth.

As you can see, dental implants are a sturdy, long-lasting option for replacing teeth. Many patients can benefit from the strength of titanium and the structural integrity of dental implants. Give our Elmhurst dental implant dentists a call—(630) 733-1624—if you are interested in learning more about dental implants or you’d like to discuss your options.