What are dental implants?
Dental Implants are a revolutionary advancement that replaces the old, traditional forms of uncomfortable dental work. These restorative techniques have been proven to be safe, effective, and extremely durable. Dental Implants have helped millions of people replace missing teeth so naturally that many even forget that they ever lost a tooth. With the help of the IDI System, you can smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence. No more hiding your smile.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
Dental Implants are stronger, more durable and more comfortable than the conventional dentures and bridges. Implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss restoring chewing function and giving you a natural smile. No need to worry about dentures and the messy pastes and glues. Smile with confidence! Dental implants integrate with your natural bone, help prevent bone loss and gum recession that you often get with dentures or bridgework. With bridgework, neighboring teeth are used for support which can be damaged. By not using surrounding teeth for support, dental implants also help preserve the teeth around it benefiting your long-term oral health. The procedures of dental implants are very successful and highly predictable. Dental implant placement is very common producing natural, beautiful smiles.
What Is Treatment Like?
It is important to consult with your dentist and your periodontist. They will consult you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Often, you will be referred to a prosthodontist as they are the specialists who complete this important procedure. Together, they will tailor a procedure to your needs and give you teeth that look and feel like your own. There are a few different treatment options that can be interchanged to fit your needs.
- Replacing a Single Tooth: If you are missing a tooth, an implant can be used to replace the natural tooth and its root.
- Replacing Multiple Teeth: If you are missing multiple teeth, your specialist can place an implant-supported full bridge or full denture to replace them. Dental implants anchor the denture permanently, fitting comfortably and naturally.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
As with your natural teeth, it is important for at-home oral care and regular dental visits. To keep the implant and your teeth clean and plaque-free, continue to brush and floss. Although dental implants are not susceptible to cavities, poor hygiene can still lead to unhealthy per-implantitis. After treatment, your team of dentists will schedule periodic follow-up visits to monitor your implant, teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy.
Success Rates of Dental Implants
Dental implants are of the most successful procedures in dentistry. Studies show a 95% success rate for the lower jaw placements and a 90% success rate for upper jaw placements. Implant placement is slightly more successful in the lower jaw as the bone is more dense good for successful implantation and osseointegration. Dental implants, although quite successful, may fail. This can happen due to failure of osseointegration. If you are a smoker, your dentist will likely advise you to stop smoking before implantation to reduce the risk of implant failure.