Despite improved dental care and technology, millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss at some point during their lifetime. In the past, available replacement options have been limited to bridges or removable appliances; however, in the last twenty-five years, dental implants have become an extraordinarily successful alternative. Dental implants look and feel natural, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile comfortably.
An implant is a titanium screw that acts as the root of a missing tooth. Once placed, it fuses to the bone of the jaw. The dental implant supports a custom-made crown that is connected to the implant by a connector piece called an abutment. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth. The entire process can take between 6-12 months to complete.
Dental implants can relieve the frustrations associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partials. Often patients report that their dentures or partials cause them to feel uncomfortable and insecure. In some cases, they may slip or click and restrict the everyday pleasure of eating. Implants can eliminate these annoying issues as well as messy adhesives. While conventional dentures simply rest on the gums, an implant-supported denture attaches to the implant posts and securely holds the denture in place.
Prior to dental implants, bridges were the standard choice for single tooth replacements. Like implants, bridges look and feel natural and are durable and long-lasting. However, bridges present several disadvantages. A dental bridge is a false tooth supported and attached to the two healthy adjacent teeth by dental crowns. Unfortunately, if one of the supporting crowned teeth breaks or develops decay, the entire bridge must be removed and then replaced. Dental implants do not require the support of surrounding teeth, nor do they decay. The average life span of a bridge is 10-15 years; however, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Implants have become extremely popular because they are the best long-term replacement solution for maintaining a healthy mouth.
Implants are one of the most successful dental treatments available. The success of dental implants depends a great deal on the overall health of the patient. The process of determining whether or not a dental implant is best for you begins with a complete medical history consultation with your dentist. Some medical conditions and lifestyle choices could affect the overall success of your dental implant. Those patients who may not be good candidates for dental implants include patients who have medical conditions that may interfere with the healing process such as diabetes, periodontal disease, or even cigarette smoking. These patients must evaluate the potential risks of using dental implants. With careful planning and consideration, more than 98 percent of all dental implants are a success.
After implant placement, it is important to continue routine dental care to ensure the life of your new dental implant. With regular checkups, cleanings, and good oral hygiene, your implant should last a lifetime.
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