Dental Implants What Are Dental Implants?

To understand what dental implants are and why they are the most natural replacement for missing teeth, it is important to understand the general structure of your mouth.

Below is a drawing of a tooth and implant.

A natural tooth are composed of two parts, the "crown" which is above the gumline and the "tooth root" which goes down into the jaw bone.

Mimicking the Natural Tooth Root

In 1952, it was discovered that titanium has the unique property of fusing with the jawbone and not being rejected by the body. Since then, modern dentistry has advanced technology to the point whereby we can successfully mimic the natural tooth root and restore teeth and jawbone.

Implant Procedures

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants

After their healing period, the success rate of dental implants is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene, the percentage is closer to 98%.

Does the Procedure Hurt?

Placing a dental implant is usually like getting a cavity filled. It is often done under local anesthesia and patients generally experience little discomfort after the procedure.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants become fixed to the jawbone. Dental implants have been in patient’s mouths for over 30 years. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, Dental implants could last a lifetime. In contrast, the average life span of a traditional fixed bridge is between 10-15 years.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental implant treatment begins with an evaluation by our doctor, who will go through a thorough evaluation of your medical and dental history as well as your clinical presentation to determine if implants are the best treatment option for you.

For More Information

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