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Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone in order to provide an anchor for securing and stabilizing a crown, bridge, or full arch denture.
Implants function much like natural tooth roots. By providing support for your jaw bone and helping to promote bone strength through chewing, dental implants help to keep your jawbone intact.
When people lose teeth, they often end up with changes to their facial appearances due to progressive bone loss. With dental implants, the loss of bone can be slowed or stopped, along with the associated changes in facial structure that can prematurely age a person.
It is common for patients to have some reservations about a surgical procedure. However, the procedure itself is painless because you will be under a local anesthetic and possibly sedation. Following the procedure, patients experience some discomfort as with any other dental surgical procedure, but severe pain is very rare.
Many patients learn about dental implants in order to find solutions for replacing missing teeth. We offer a variety of options that will help you to restore your smile, improve your chewing ability, and prevent further bone loss. Your dentist will work together with a certified lab to make sure your teeth look natural as well as function optimally.
When it comes to smile restoration procedures, every dental implant treatment is different. As a result, the number of procedures and appointments that may be required to achieve your desired results can vary greatly.
After your first consultation, your dental implant dentist should be able to outline the costs of the treatments along with the timeline for the completion of each procedure. If you are looking for a solution that will improve your smile and confidence, dental implants are a worthwhile investment.
If you are missing a tooth, you need to replace it as soon as possible because you may suffer several negative consequences. First, a missing tooth can result in damage to the adjacent teeth by triggering bone loss and gum recession. These conditions can lead to premature wear on your teeth and gum disease.
You may also experience problems with eating and speaking, jaw aches, headaches, and shifting teeth. When you lose a tooth along with its root, you may also experience bone loss in your jaw. A dental implant provides the bone with something to hold onto. If you have lost too much bone from your jaw, you may require a bone graft before you can undergo a dental implant procedure.
Dental implants are stronger and are designed to last longer than a bridge or dentures. They also provide a solution for supporting a dental bridge or dentures in order to increase the stability of the gums and lower the amount of gum irritation. There is also no risk of damaging or getting marginal decay on the adjacent natural teeth as there would be with a tooth-retained bridge. An implant is easier to clean and keep healthy than a conventional bridge.
When dental implants are used, you will also feel more confident about your smile and eating your favorite foods because you are no longer having to constantly worry about keeping your dental work in place, as you would with traditional dentures.
Unlike the other options, dental implants are the only treatment that is designed to slow bone loss and will not compromise the health of the other natural teeth. In addition, dental implants have the best chance of providing a long-term solution for tooth replacement.
In contrast, partial dentures, dentures, and bridges need to be replaced several times over the course of the patient’s lifetime. In addition, the natural appearance of the smile is maintained when a dental implant treatment is used since the dental implants are designed to stop the loss of bone that occurs when the teeth are removed or lost.
In addition, inserting a bridge as a tooth replacement option means that the adjacent natural teeth have to be cut down in order to accommodate the bridge. A partial denture must also be hooked on to the adjacent natural teeth which will result in the possible loosening of those teeth over time. Partial dentures and dentures have actually been proven to accelerate the loss of bone.
First, you should know that a dental implant procedure has one of the highest success rates of surgical procedures in the dental field. There have been many studies and scientific reports that have proven that the success rate is as high as 98.4%. However, on rare occasions, the jawbone may not completely fuse with the dental implant. Usually wiith a second attempt at a dental implant procedure, the rate of success is even higher, as long as oral hygiene is maintained properly.
Only your dentist can determine whether a dental implant treatment is best for your needs. Dental implant procedures generally require that your oral and overall health are generally good. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can reduce the chances a successful treatment. However, in most cases there are few conditions that would prevent the success of a dental implant treatment.
One factor that is extremely important is whether or not you have enough healthy bone available for the placement of the dental implant. While some patients may not be eligible because of this factor, others can simply undergo a bone grafting procedure prior to the insertion of the dental implant.