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Along with so many other advances in dental technology, dental implants have also improved considerably since first coming on the dental scene. The implants of today are more aesthetically pleasing as well as more functional and durable. Implants are a restorative dental treatment used to replace one or more teeth individually. Unlike partials or dental bridges, the implant is an individual restoration that only impacts the site of the missing tooth.
A small surgical procedure is required to place a titanium post, much like a screw in the socket where the tooth root was. This post is left to bond with the surrounding bone mass. When sufficient bone has bonded with the post the area is then prepared to receive a dental crown which will be placed on the post. The crown looks and feels like a natural tooth. When the site is sufficiently healed and ready, the crown is attached to the post and the result is a tooth that looks as natural as any of the teeth in your mouth.
Having missing teeth isn't just humiliating, however, your mouth deteriorates quickly if left untreated. Dental Implants enable you to look and feel much improved and even boost your self-confidence. There are many reasons why Dr. Patrick Vuong recommends using a dental implant. Some significant reasons are :
Dental Implants comes at different size and heights. There are two types of dental implants :
Dental implant procedure involves replacing the natural tooth roots with metal that look and function as that of the original roots. Firstly, we cut-open the gum of the patients and then expose their bone. Next, we drill holes in the bone where the implant is required to be placed. Then, the implant is carefully placed into the hole.
Since the posts serve as the root of the teeth, we place it deep into the bone. At this point, the patients still have a gap where the tooth is missing. Sometimes, we even place a partial, temporary denture for improving the appearance. The patients will be able to remove it for cleaning, or while sleeping.
The high rate of success in dental implant planning and placement is supported in part by the use of digital cone beam technology. Rapidly rotating around the patient, the cone shaped beam take images with very little radiation exposure to the patient. Images are converted into three-dimensional views, allowing dentists to view the unique bone structure and jaw anatomy of the patient, as well as root positions. Without question, 3D cone beam technology allows for greater precision and predictability in dental implant placement.
Dental Implants takes precision and know-how. Dr. Vuong has been trained in this area and has expertise in implant dentistry. He will explain to you exactly how the procedure will go and what you can expect at each stage of the process. Be sure to ask any questions you may have.
Dental implants have a very high rate of success; however, it is important that you take care of the implant as instructed to ensure that your implant has the best chance of being successful. Failure of an implant is usually due to lack of oral hygiene. It is important to keep up with your regularly scheduled dental visits and professional cleanings. In this way Dr. Vuong and the hygienist will be able to monitor the implant and let you know if anything looks like it needs addressing.
An implant is an investment in your oral health. Like any investment, you want to make sure you use a professional that is experienced in completing the procedure. If you are interested in getting an implant, contact us today and make an appointment for an exam and consultation so you can find out if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.