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What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a titanium screw that fits into your jawbone, and a tooth is then built off that screw. All of our teeth have roots, and dental implants act as the root of your tooth. Implants provide the needed support for artificial teeth or crowns that are placed on top of the implant.

Dental implants have been around for over 35 years, but the last 20 years have included the latest advancements, and have brought implants where they are today. Implants are made out of titanium and are manufactured in approximately 15-20 places around the world. Most implant manufacturing is done in Europe.

The implant manufacturing process is very detailed, and Dr. Jeff Johnston took a course that walked him through the entire manufacturing process. The manufacturing plant for dental implants is 1000 times more sterile than a surgical room, and the process is very precise and detailed.

There are around 40-50 companies that make implants, and now most implants are pretty much the same quality from any of the manufacturing companies.

Dental implants have threads on them and this is now the implant is able to heal around the jawbone. This healing process is called osseointegration where the bone fuses the implant itself, and provides the necessary support in the mouth.

The Dental Implant Process:

The dental implant process is done in two steps. The first step includes placing the implant in the jaw bone. Once this is complete, the implant will sit there for around 4 months while the bone heals to the implant.

Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant, and this allows us to affix the crown on top. Crowns are made to match your teeth color and shape perfectly, giving patients a beautiful natural looking smile.

Why get Dental Implants?

Dental implants give patients teeth again if they have a cracked, missing, or broken tooth. Implants are strong, and are a reliable tooth restoration option for patients looking for a beautiful smile. If patients have dentures, implants can be added. The denture can be made to clip into the implants to retain the denture and hold it in place. This process can be done to partial dentures as well.

Patients can have as many implants added as they need, or we can strategically place them as needed.

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, contact Ascent Dental to schedule your appointment.

Implants are the best option we offer for tooth replacement, and we are here to answer any questions you have regarding dental implants and how they can benefit you.

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