Dental implants have been around for many decades and have improved greatly over time. They are the go-to solution for replacing extracted or missing natural teeth given the numerous advantages they offer.
What Are Dental Implants Made From?
Dental implants are made from highly durable metals like titanium. The visible tooth crown is made from dental-grade ceramic, a highly customizable and durable material that is perfect for fabricating restorations. Both of these components are held together with a connecting element called the abutment and dental adhesives.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
- Dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone, giving them excellent stability. They won’t get displaced or snap off from their sockets if you are biting or chewing food, brushing your teeth, etc.
- Implant studs placed in the jawbone fill the gap left by the missing tooth root. This keeps the adjoining teeth from drifting from their orthodontically correct positions towards the gap.
- Dental implants allow you to naturally bite and chew food and restore oral functionality to its fullest.
- Dental implants are very durable compared to other dental restorations. Many last up to 15 or 20 years when they are well cared for and when unhealthy oral habits that could damage them are avoided.
- Because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, this keeps them intact and prevents their deterioration.
- In some instances, dental implants are used for replacing multiple teeth in one go with the help of implant-supported bridges and dentures.
- The implant crown offers impressive durability and aesthetics. It can be customized to match the appearance of your adjoining natural teeth, which makes it discreet.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
When you visit our office to get dental implants, we will perform a thorough screen to check for any factors that could adversely affect the procedure. Some of the aspects that we look into are jawbone health and volume, spacing available for restoration, teeth drifting, cavities, gum disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. Based on these observations, we determine your best course of treatment.
During the dental implant surgery, we use local anesthesia to numb the oral tissues. Then, the dentist meticulously makes a small hole in the bone, places the implant, and secures it with dental cement. Your dentist will recommend a suitable healing period.
Once the affected area is healed, the bone will have grown around the implant stud and fused with it. The next step is placing the abutment and attaching the ceramic crown. A bite test will determine if your natural bite is disrupted in any way by the implant or there are any issues with the fit. Then, once any necessary changes are done, your smile will be complete once more.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists and get your oral concerns addressed, don’t hesitate to call Vita Dental at (713) 766-1208 or make an online appointment, and we'll be happy to help.