What Are Dental Implants?


Dental Implants: What are they and how do they work?

Are you self-conscious because you have one or more missing teeth? Are you less than happy with your uncomfortable dentures? There’s no need to be self-conscious or uncomfortable. Dental implants may be just the right solution for you!

Dental implants are metal fixtures that are placed into the jawbone to provide root stability and support for replacement teeth. In fact, the bone actually grows around the implant to help hold it in place. Dentists and their patients find dental implants to be very beneficial because they may be used to replace one or more teeth, they are long-lasting, and they are designed to blend in with your natural teeth while restoring proper function.

Still wondering if dental implants are the best option for you? Learn more below…

Types of Dental Implants

There are two main types of dental implants. Endosteal implants are directly implanted into the jawbone by an oral surgeon. Following the implantation, a procedure is done to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth is attached to the post. Dental specialists also perform subperiosteal implants, which are dental implants placed under the gum tissue. As the gum heals, the frame fuses to the jawbone and artificial teeth are then mounted to posts attached to the frame.

How Dental Implants Work

The beauty of dental implants is that they mimic natural teeth while providing optimal stability. Dental implants fuse to the jawbone because they are typically made of titanium, a material that seamlessly integrates with human bones and gums. Once rooted firmly into place, dental implants can stand on their own without affecting the surrounding teeth. And, the best part is that patients report that their dental implants have a natural, unobtrusive fit and feel.

Success Rate of Dental Implants

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, three million Americans have dental implants and that number is growing by 500,000 a year! Why such rapid growth?  Today technology has progressed to a point where the success rate of dental implants is nearly 98%.  The procedure is also designed to last 25+ years, so that patients receive a nice ROI for their dental investment.  Patients can prolong the “life” of their dental implants by practicing proper brushing and oral hygiene, avoiding damaging habits such as chewing ice and other hard items, and by visiting their dentist regularly to ensure the proper functioning of their implants.

Do you suspect that dental implants may be the right choice for you? Dr. E works closely with oral surgeons and periodontists to create the best possible outcomes for patients who choose dental implants. And if your current implants need some work, Dr. E’s Cosmetic & Family Dentistry performs implant restoration that will help perfect your beautiful smile. To learn more, visit://drefamilydental.com/dental-implants/

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