Dental Implants have certainly changed dentistry over the past 25 years with more and more patients opting for them instead of dental bridges or dentures. According to the American Dental Association, Dental Implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth, and just like your natural roots are secured in your jawbone. Once placed surgically, are not visible.
Dental Implants are used to secure dental crowns, dentures and bridgework and are just as sturdy, if not more so, than your natural teeth as the implants fuse directly to your jawbone.
Dental Implants are biocompatible, strong, lightweight, and manufactured out of titanium and titanium alloys. In fact, 98 percent of patients who opt for dental implants have a successful procedure that will not be rejected by the body. Implants have a higher success rate than any other implanted surgical device. Known as osseointegration, the special properties of the titanium actually fuse to the bone. That is precisely why the bone that supports your teeth is lost when you lose a tooth.
They will help you maintain the density and shape of your jawbone while supporting your facial skeleton. Furthermore, they also indirectly help your lips; cheeks and gum tissue while helping you chew, eat, and talk. Because a missing tooth can affect you esthetically, Dental Implants can be a huge boost to your self-esteem and your self-confidence.
According to your dentist, not everyone is suitable for Dental Implants. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, uncontrollable periodontitis, or gum disease, or if you smoke, Dental Implants may not be right for you. Dental Implants are also not suitable for people who are undergoing jaw or mouth radiation for cancer.
Dental Implants are permanent and only replaceable or removable by your dentist. However, your new Dental Implants will require maintenance including good oral hygiene habits.
If you brush twice and floss once each day, practice a good healthy diet and see your dentist regularly, your new Dental Implants can last a lifetime.
For more information regarding your candidacy for Dental Implants, call or click and schedule an appointment with Ericson Dental today who can determine if Dental Implants are right for you.