Dental implants are a phenomenal success for replacing missing or severely damaged teeth. Of all treatments that compensate for missing teeth, dental implants last the longest, are the most comfortable, and better behave more like natural teeth than all other alternatives. Due to their success, the popularity of implants to replace damaged teeth has skyrocketed for more than two decades.
What Are Dental Implants?
At Affleck Dental we use implants to attach an artificial tooth or teeth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, to your jawbone. Technically, the term “implant” refers to the titanium post or fixtures that attaches to your jawbone. But it is really the new, artificial teeth that sit on top of the titanium posts that relieve your discomfort while improving your health and appearance.
What Is So Great About Dental Implants?
First, dental implants often last a patient’s lifetime — especially when they take good care of their gums. Having new teeth improves health by helping individuals enjoy a diverse, well-rounded diet. They also enhance people’s appearance, which does wonders for their confidence.
Titanium is a unique metal because the body rarely rejects it. As a matter of fact, the jawbone grows in around the titanium implant and creates a vigorous bond. (This is the same bond that joint replacement surgeons create between titanium and bone.) Thanks to the successful union between the jawbone and titanium dental implants, more than 90 percent of patients with dental implants keep them as their life-long artificial teeth.
Patients with dental implants are much less vulnerable to tooth decay and related dental disease — as long as they pay attention to caring for their gums. Your prosthodontist (an dentist with extra training in restoration dentistry) will teach you how to take care of your gums. And, regular dental check-ups and cleanings help your dental implants last a lifetime.
Are Implants for One Tooth or Many Teeth?
Your prosthodontist can replace a single tooth. However, teeth in the same mouth tend to deteriorate at a similar rate, and many patients need multiple teeth replaced with implants at the same time. Edentulism, or living with no teeth, is more common than most people know. With procedures such as fixed dentures and Teeth in a Day/All on Four™ dental implants, a toothless person can transform back to a healthy, confident life.