Look, feel and function like natural teeth
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The dental implants are tiny titanium posts which are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
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Dental Implants have impacted the meaning and significance of cosmetic and general dental care over the last twenty-five years. However, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. What exactly are dental implants? What’s the history behind implants, and how are they used to replace missing teeth and restore function? We strive to clarify this information and more, with a detailed look into dental implants.
Dental implants involve science and research, as well as precision in application in the clinical practice setting. At Dream Dental Services, we know that the practice of implant dentistry demands skill and expertise in not just planning, but surgery and tooth restoration as well. This practice involves artistry, experience, and science. We hope to provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision in collaboration with your dental healthcare team.
What is a
A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth root or multiple roots of teeth. Like the roots of a tooth, dental implants sit securely in the bones of the jaw, and aren’t visible or detectable to the naked eye once surgically placed. They don’t just hold this space to ensure bone health, but are mainly used to secure crowns, bridges, or dentures that appear flawless and natural, and restore function. These are what will be visible once all steps of the procedure have been completed. Implants are made of titanium, a strong, lightweight, biocompatible metal that the body will not reject. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most frequently used metals for dental and other bone implant procedures, like orthopedic joint replacements, as they have the greatest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Titanium has the special ability to fuse to bone; this is known as osseointegration, and is the only way to ensure long-term success of dental implants. When you lose teeth, the bone that supported those teeth is lost, too. However, by placing dental implants and allowing osseointegration to occur, the bone becomes stabilized and is not lost. In this way, dental implants don’t just replace lost teeth, they maintain the shape and density of the jawbone. This enhances support of the bone structure and facial skeleton, and even the soft tissues of the face. These tissues include the lips, cheeks, and gums. Dental implants help you maintain the contour of your face while chewing, smiling, talking, and ultimately looking natural. By improving function and form, dental implants aid with increasing psychological, social, and physical health and well-being.
The Process of
Do you know why it takes an entire dental team to evaluate, plan, and assess dental implant restoration or placement? This process is incredibly detailed and complex, and includes the fabrication of crowns, dentures, or bridges to be placed. These need to not only function with strength and last for years, but also look natural and beautiful. At Dream Dental Services, our team consists of dental surgical specialists, from periodontists to general surgeons, and even general dentists with extensive training in creating and placing implants. We also have a restorative dentist to plan and place the visible portions (crowns, bridges, etc.) and our dental lab techs who actually make them. Using a surgical guide, the dental implants are placed into special sections that are created in the jawbone. They are then fitted into the designated sites and can require anywhere from 3 to 8 months to fuse with the bone. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life during this process.
Dental implants are custom-made for the needs of each individual patient. They supply a foundation for replacing teeth that both feel and function like your natural teeth, while appearing flawless. When you lose teeth, regaining the ability to chew and smile with confidence is priceless. With implants, you can feel satisfied knowing that your teeth look natural, and that your facial features will be preserved.
Natural teeth and dental implants may look the same, feel the same, and even function in a similar way. If you think implant dentistry is right for you, you will first need to have a dental/radiographic examination and health history check. During these consultation visits, your needs and concerns will be addressed by Dr. Jonathan Ouellette, our Orlando restorative implant dentist. Your questions are important to us and our team will work with you very closely to help make your surgery a success. Dental implants can change the way you live, helping you rediscover the comfort and confidence to speak, eat, laugh and enjoy your life again.
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