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By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
November 13, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantThis artificial tooth offers an array of unique benefits for your oral health.

Are you wondering why so many adults are turning to dental implants to treat their tooth loss? Sure, there are different ways to replace your missing teeth but dental implants are as close as you can come to the real thing. Find out why you may want to turn to our Kissimmee, FL, restorative dentist Dr. Vincent Grosso for dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Implants are small metal posts that function like tooth roots and are surgically placed into the jawbone to support a false tooth. Several implants can also be placed to support multiple false teeth (e.g. dentures). As you might imagine, dental implants are pretty unique in the way they replace missing teeth, so this comes with some pretty amazing and unique benefits.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

Here’s what you can look forward to if you get dental implants in Kissimmee, FL:

Dental implants function like real teeth

One of the major benefits of getting implants is that they don’t just look like real teeth they also function like real teeth. You can even care for them like you would the rest of your natural smile when it comes to brushing and flossing. Plus, they restore full chewing power so you can feel confident eating.

They could last the rest of your life

Most tooth replacements have a shelf life of a decade or more; however, since dental implants naturally integrate and fuse together with the jawbone this means that you could end up having your implant for the rest of your life.

Implants prevent jawbone loss

Did you know that one of the major complications of untreated tooth loss is bone loss? While other tooth replacements won’t actually prevent bone loss, placing a dental implant will actually provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to prevent bone loss.

If you are looking to get dental implants in Kissimmee, FL you’ve come to the right place. Our very own Dr. Grosso has helped countless adults get a full smile back and you could be next. Feel confident smiling again. Call us today!

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
February 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
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Imagine not having your upper teeth for talking and eating, not to mention your appearance, and you’ll have some idea of what Beauty the bald eagle experienced after losing the top of her beak to a hunter’s bullet in northern Idaho. She couldn’t groom or feed herself and could barely drink water, relying instead on the conservation group that had taken her under their wing for assistance. But the magnificent raptor was eventually made whole and able once again to eat, drink and preen unaided. It took a visionary mechanical engineer and a very skillful dentist who designed and attached the first-of-its-kind bald eagle “dental” prosthetic — dubbed the “bionic beak.”

Prosthetic Teeth for Humans

Fortunately, the field of human prosthetic dentistry (or prosthodontics) is much more advanced than it is for our avian friends. We have several options for replacing missing teeth (as well as parts of missing teeth) that restore aesthetic appearance and functionality while potentially preventing other problems such as the drifting out of alignment or loss of remaining teeth.

Bridges. As the name suggests, these custom-made devices span the area that is missing a tooth/teeth. Fixed (not removable) bridges are made up of an artificial tooth/teeth fused between two crowns that fit over your existing teeth or dental implants (see below) on either side of the gap. There are removable bridges, but they are considered temporary fixes.

Dentures. These are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges and are used when some teeth are missing in an upper or lower arch (jaw). Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in an arch. Replacement teeth are embedded in an acrylic base that fits over your gums and mimics their color.

Dental Implants. These are the closest thing to having your own tooth/teeth back. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone beneath the gum to serve the same purpose as a tooth root. Once the bone joins to the implant (a process called osseo-integration), a lifelike crown is attached to it.

We would be glad to discuss which option would be right for you.

If you have questions about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery,” and “Crowns & Bridgework.” Beauty the eagle’s story of rehabilitation can be found here: //blog.theanimalrescuesite.com.