One of the most amazing innovations in modern dentistry is dental implants. It is estimated that over three million people have had their lives changed by dental implants. Dental implants have a proven success rate of 98%, which is why today they are the standard of care for tooth loss.
But many people still don’t have a full understanding of implants and what they can do, so here are a few helpful things to know about this innovative tooth replacement:
- Dental implants are a three-piece unit: First, the implant itself, which is a replacement root made up of a tiny titanium post that’s surgically placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal. After the site has healed, our Troy dentist will attach a piece to the implant called the abutment. Finally, a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be attached to restore function and esthetics.
- Dental implants are permanent. A dental implant is like a natural tooth root, but better. The implant itself becomes a permanent part of your anatomy because the titanium post is absorbed by the jawbone and tissue in a process called osseointegration. While the restoration will need to be replaced at some point, with proper care, the implant itself should last a lifetime.
- Dental implants can be used to stabilize dentures. The most common complaint among denture wearers is the embarrassment and discomfort caused by slipping and movement. Dental implants are the perfect solution because they hold the denture securely in place. The Troy dentist places implants at certain points along the jaw, and a denture with corresponding attachments snaps onto the implant. The result is a permanent solution for uncomfortable dentures!
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Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the ways they can improve your oral health AND your life? Please call our office, and we will be happy to arrange a dental implants consultation with our dentist, Dr. Mark Bentley.