Teeth are one of those things that we all take for granted until there is something wrong with them or they’re missing. Teeth are an essential part of a confident smile, which is an important social cue, and they’re instrumental in eating and speaking. Though we’ve come a long way in terms of dental care and hygiene, cosmetic dentistry is becoming an increasingly popular resource for people who are unhappy with their teeth. The most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening, but a growing number of people — 500,000 per year — are opting for dental implants.
What They’re Made Of
Dental implants come in two parts and are made of two different materials. The anchor of the dental implant is made of titanium, which the human body accepts so well that bone will actually grow to it. The other part of the implant, the crown, is made of dental porcelain, which looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth.
How They Work
Cosmetic dentists first insert the titanium anchor into the gums, where bone will grow to it and secure the anchor (and the entire implant) in place. A few weeks or months later, the crown is attached to the anchor. The entire process could take up to a few months, depending on the procedure. Dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth, create crowns and bridges, and also support a full set of dentures.
Their Success Rate
Many people choose dental implants just because they look and feel like natural teeth, but they are also a permanent solution to tooth loss. Research shows that dental implants have a pretty impressive success rate at 98%, and can last a lifetime with routine maintenance and careful, proper care.
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