Dental implants are prosthetic tooth restorations that are used to replace extracted or missing teeth. They are placed in the jawbone and are very strong, stable, and comfortable. Implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth. Implants can even be used to anchor full dentures. When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the first choice recommended by Dr. Vose due to all the benefits that they offer.
What are implants made from?
The dental implants themselves are made from a titanium alloy. This is similar to the material that is used in hip and knee replacements. It is strong, durable, and highly biocompatible — allergies to titanium are extremely rare. The implant itself serves as the "root" of the new tooth. Once the area around the newly placed implant heals, Dr. Vose will take an impression, and the next portions of the new tooth are made. The crown portion is made of dental porcelain. These parts are customized as needed to match the appearance of the surrounding teeth resulting in a natural-looking smile. This new tooth is permanent and extremely strong.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Implants have a high success rate – more than 95%
- Implants enable you to bite and chew food effectively and with confidence, thereby helping with patients' proper digestion.
- They can be personalized to match the appearance of the surrounding natural teeth.
- They offer excellent longevity and durability.
- They promote better jawbone health.
- Implants help keep the adjoining teeth from drifting from their ideal positions.
How are dental implants placed?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Vose will go through a thorough exam using radiographs to assess your dental condition to determine if dental implants would be a proper option for you. He'll explain how the process will work for you and discuss any questions that you may have. Dr. Vose works with highly qualified oral surgeons that will place the implants themselves. Once fully healed, Dr. Vose will take impressions, and the remaining portions of the implant restoration will be constructed. A custom connector piece, the abutment, and a crown are made that will complete the restoration. Once finished, the implant crown and connector will be secured to the implant. Dental implants are cared for by brushing and flossing just like your own natural teeth.
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