Although a number of significant improvements have been made in dental care and technology, millions of Americans still suffer from tooth decay, loss, and oral disease such as gingivitis and periodontal disease. In the past, these conditions were best treated with tooth extraction followed by the placement of bridges or dentures to restore the appearance of missing teeth. Today however, partial and full dental implants are often used for both aesthetic and clinical reasons.
What are full dental implants?
Full dental implants are artificial replacement tooth roots typically made out of titanium, a biocompatible material that is easily accepted by the body. They provide a strong, solid foundation for both permanent and removable replacement teeth such as crowns or bridges. Single tooth implants are also available.
How is dental implant surgery performed? Is it safe?
The dental implant procedure is one of the most common types of oral surgery procedures performed by oral surgeons. During surgery, a tooth extraction procedure is performed to remove the teeth and roots in need of replacement. The oral surgeon will then prepare the existing jaw bone for surgery, which made include bone grafting. Once the jaw bone is healed after several months, the oral surgeon will then implant the metal post into your jaw bone which will replace the root of the extracted teeth. Once the soft tissue is healed, the implant can then be fitted with a crown.
At 98%, dental implantation surgery has an extremely high success rate and is extremely safe and effective way to replace lost or decayed teeth that are beyond repair.
What are the benefits of full dental implants?
Dental implants provide a number of health and wellness benefits that go beyond oral health including:
Dental implants are specifically designed to look, feel, and function like you natural teeth. They fuse with your jaw bone and are capped with natural-looking crowns that are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. The end result is a radiant, healthy-looking smile that can boost self-confidence and esteem.
Better oral health
A tooth cannot simply be extracted without being replaced in some way. Extracted teeth that are not replaced can lead to jaw bone loss over time, leading to a distortion in facial features. And if a significant amount of teeth are lost to decay, this can also alter the way a person speaks and eats. Furthermore, decayed or decaying teeth pose a serious risk to both oral and overall health, as bacteria can eventually make its way into the bloodstream. Full dental implants are simple and easy to maintain and promote a healthy smile from the inside out.
Full dental implants are made to last, and can easily outlast dentures and other kinds of artificial teeth replacements. Because they fuse with jaw bone, dental implants can last a lifetime.
For more information about the benefits of dental implants, contact your local oral surgeon practice today!