Dental implants are artificial replacements for missing teeth and roots and are an increasingly popular substitute for removable dentures and bridge restorations, the traditional methods of tooth replacement. Unlike bridges and dentures, dental implants not only restore the appearance of the tooth but also its root. In some cases, dental implants are used for anchoring the more traditional methods of tooth replacement.
In essence, a dental implant is a tooth “root” formed by a small, titanium post that is surgically inserted into the upper or lower jaw bone in the area where the original tooth was lost. After the post is inserted, the jaw bone grows around the implant, securing it in place. This merger with the bone, a process called osseointegration, helps the implant look and feel like a normal tooth. Once secure, the implant can hold bridges, crowns, or over-dentures in the same manner as a root would hold a natural tooth.
Dental implants can be placed immediately after the extraction of a tooth, an option that preserves bone and reduces treatment time. However, dental implants can also be inserted long after a tooth has been extracted. Success rates for dental implants are quite high, running around 95%. The healing time for a dental implant is generally 2-6 months.
Individuals choose dental implants for a variety of reasons. Like other tooth replacement methods, many people choose dental implants to improve the appearance of their teeth. Unlike traditional replacements, however, dental implants are permanent so you don’t have to remove them before going to bed. You can keep your smile throughout the night. Additionally, you avoid the discomfort of removable dentures and the use of messy creams to secure them. Dental implants also make eating and speaking easier. Removable dentures can slide about, making chewing difficult and painful and can cause you to slur or mumble words. Because they are firmly anchored to your jaw, dental implants allow you to speak with confidence and eat without pain. Finally, dental implants can improve your oral hygiene. Unlike tooth supported bridges, dental implants don’t involve the sizing down of other teeth and allowing teeth to remain entirely intact supports oral health.
Dental implants are an affordable option available to nearly anyone who is in good enough health to undergo routine dental surgery or tooth extraction and who has healthy gums and sufficient bone to anchor the implant. Individuals who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, who are heavy smokers or who have had radiation therapy in the neck or head area will need to be individually evaluated to determine if dental implants are a viable option for them.
Contact www.midwaysquaredental.com to schedule a consultation with us to determine if dental implants might be the right solution for you. Whether you’re looking to replace a single tooth or are seeking to completely makeover your smile, we have affordable dental implant options for you. Our trained staff will guide you through all of the options and will help you make an informed decision about your tooth replacement.