September 2, 2018
Have you recently replaced your teeth with dental implants in Reading? Congratulations, you’ve picked an incredibly stable, realistic-looking, and long-lasting replacement for your teeth. This solution has quickly become one of the most popular types of restorations and that’s by no accident. Dental implants are made with state-of-the-art materials that help not only with the success of the restoration itself, but your oral health success as well. Keep reading to learn the materials used to make implants and why they are beneficial.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal posts that are placed in your jaw bone. Think of them as artificial roots that bond with your natural bone to create a stable base for your artificial teeth. Once the post is in place, a connector called an abutment is put on top of the implant, so it can be mounted with a custom-made restoration that matches the rest of your teeth and fits in your smile wonderfully.
This replacement method has become so popular because the results are long-lasting with proper care, and they look and feel most like natural teeth compared to dentures or other replacements. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth as needed.
What Are Implants Made Of?
Most dental implants are made from high-grade titanium. This special metal has been used as the material of choice for over 35 years because of it’s high success rate (up to 98% depending on where the implants are placed).
Additionally, scientists discovered that bone can naturally bond to titanium. When implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implant and actually bond with the titanium like it were natural bone. This is a process called osseointegration and it allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root. The abutment (connector) is usually made from titanium as well.
The restoration or the false tooth that is the visible part of your implant is typically made of porcelain because it looks and reflects light most like your natural teeth. These restorations are custom made from your dentist to match the remaining teeth you have. This will allow your smile to look as beautiful and natural as possible.
If you have implants already, now you know why they have been working so well! If you’re interested in this tooth replacement method, talk to your dentist today to get started on a healthier smile.
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Gail Iebba has been working in dentistry for 32 years and counting. She loves caring for those in need and building long-lasting relationships. She likes giving her patients confidence by restoring smiles using dental implants for a great looking and feeling smile. She currently practices at Associates in Family Dentistry and can be contacted by phone for any questions at (781) 944-6761.
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