Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. They can be a great option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants have changed the way people live, because they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost a tooth or teeth can now reclaim their ability to eat and smile just like they used to.
Built to Last
Studies have shown that 95% of implants remain intact after ten years, whereas only 89% of bridges are holding in that same amount of time. Part of that longevity is due to the titanium steel posts and ceramic-like crowns they are made from. The titanium posts are surgically embedded into your jaw for a secure anchor. The ceramic crowns are then affixed to the posts for strong secure life-like tooth.
Implants titanium posts are coated with a stimulant to promote bone growth. Your body actually bonds with the posts as it would with a real tooth root, yet it’s stronger than a natural root and tooth – like a bionic tooth. If damage occurs to the ceramic tooth, it can be restored or replaced without removal of the steel post. If cared for properly, they can last as long as you do. Longevity matters when you’re talking teeth.
Not just for function
Implants don’t rely on the surrounding teeth for support, like bridges and dentures do, and they also help protect your neighboring teeth by providing a solid foundation. Since they are implanted right into your jaw, they give your bone something to grow on to, reducing your chance of bone loss. Without a root (or titanium post) in the jaw for bone to grow onto, bone loss will occur…which will eventually lead to more tooth loss, and more bone loss - a viscous cycling leaving you with an empty mouth.
Implants can improve your overall appearance as well, thus improving your confidence. With a natural look and no embarrassing possibility of dentures popping free, you can smile without worry. They also feel more like your original teeth, so you won’t have to go through that uncomfortable adjustment stage as with other tooth replacement options.
If you have any questions about dental implants please feel free to call our office to schedule a consultation.