Dental Implants -
A More Permanent Restorative Option
If you are missing teeth and looking for a more permanent fix, dental implants might just be the solution for you. There are many kinds of non-permanent alternative tooth replacement options out there such as removable dentures and dental bridges but implants are a more long term while remaining natural looking option.
Implant dentistry is a positive option for those who have healthy gums and who don't have significant bone loss. This bone loss may be due to advanced decay, missing a tooth or several teeth over a long period of time. Even if you have experienced gum disease or have bone loss, there are still options available for you such as bone grafts that may then support dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are a kind of replacement for missing teeth that can be placed directly into the jaw bone. This can be done to replace several missing teeth or a single tooth. Dental implants are inserted by a dentist or oral surgeon and the process is fairly quick.
A small incision is made in the gum tissue, a hole is drilled into the jaw bone and the base of the implant is inserted and secured into the jawbone. Pain medication will be given to you to help ease any discomfort both during the surgery and after it. In some cases, anesthesia may be required. The healing process takes about a week or less. The success rate for this kind of dental procedure is 98%. Implant failures are very rare.
If you have periodontal disease or other oral health issues, dental implants may not be the best choice for you. Be sure to discuss dental implants in detail with our dentist before you decide to undergo treatment.
Dental Implant Care
Dental care is always important but especially after a procedure like dental implants. If you want your dental implants to last your lifetime and maintain their great look, you should be brushing and flossing daily just like you would care for your other natural teeth.