Nothing can take the place of natural teeth, but dental implants can come close. Implants are an increasingly popular and effective option to replace missing teeth. A missing tooth is a serious matter. Teeth are made to work together. When you loose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up on down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joints. Teeth that have tipped or drifted are also harder to clean and this puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
What are Implants?
Implants are posts surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. The implants become a stable base for one or more replacement teeth. They function as anchors that replace your natural tooth roots. Implants are made of titanium and other materials that are compatable with the human body.
Here are some ot the main reasons why people get implants:
- They help you chew better
- They look and feel much like natural teeth
-They can prevent further bone loss in the jaw
- They give you that self confidence while socializing
- Implants have an overall success rate of over 90%
There are three general phases of Implant Treatment:
- Implant placement
- Healing (usually 3 or more months)
- Replacing your missing teeth
Who's a good candidate?
If you're in good health, don't smoke, and have enough bone to support it, you are a good cnadidate for an implant. Even if you have some bone loss, you may get an implant. Sometimes bone may need to be added to your jaw by a special process known as bone grafting. You must also be ready to commit to an oral care routine and to visit our office and the hygienist regularly.
What's the next step
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