Dental implants are a long-term, popular and efficient option for restoring your smile. "The development of dental implants is one of the biggest advances I have seen in my dental career," says Dr. William Walden. Implants are changing people’s lives! They are made from safe and compatible materials for the human body, and the procedure is essentially pain free.
Why You Should Choose Dental Implants
When a tooth is lost, the bone that supported the tooth deteriorates. Dental implants provide the same function as natural tooth roots and stimulate the bone. This preserves the bone from melting away and provides a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
No Harm to Surrounding Teeth
The surrounding teeth are affected when a tooth is lost or removed. The adjacent teeth will move into the space left by the lost tooth. This creates many problems with the gums and how the teeth fit together and function. Dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots, so none of the surrounding teeth are affected. Other methods of tooth replacement require cutting down the adjacent teeth for a bridge or hooking a partial denture onto other teeth, risking the long-term health of those teeth.
The best thing about dental implants is that they are designed to last a lifetime. Other options, such as bridges and partials can possibly fail over time. The American Dental Association states the lifespan of a bridge is 10.1 years due to the teeth under the bridge being more likely to decay or fracture. Partial dentures normally last between 3 and 5 years but also need to be relined (made thicker) as the bone underneath the dentures deteriorate.
More Cost Effective
Because of their high success rate and documented success, dental implants are the most cost-effective option. Alternatively, bridges do not last as long and need repairs and alterations over time. If a tooth is lost, it needs to be replaced by either a tooth-supported bridge or an implant-supported crown. Studies show that bridges last approximately 10.1 years, while implants are documented to be more than 95% successful and last 20+ years.
The Procedure: The implant is placed into the jawbone.
The Healing Process: The healing process is called osseointegration. It means "combines with the bone" and takes time. During this process, the bone around the implant heals. The bone grows around the implant, holding it in place. This is how the implant is so strong and sturdy. Some patients can have a replacement tooth attached to an implant during one visit, while others must wait up to several months before a replacement tooth can be placed.
The Artificial Tooth is Added: First, the dentist places an abutment, a cylinder made of titanium that connects the implant and artificial tooth. Then, the artificial tooth is placed. If a single tooth is implanted, your dentist will customize a dental crown, or new tooth, for you. With a custom size, shape, color and fit, the crown is designed to blend in with your natural teeth. If multiple teeth are implanted, customized bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Replacement teeth usually take time to make. A temporary crown, bridge or denture may be provided by your dentist to help you function until your permanent replacement is ready.)
Then it’s time to celebrate your new smile!
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