Dental implants are Titanium posts which are placed into your jawbone to function in a similar way to a natural tooth root. Your bone grows onto the implant in a process call osseointegration. After an integration and healing period of approximately 3 months, a permanent crown is placed on the implant.
Implants are permanent because they fuse with bone. They look and feel like your own teeth. All the discomforts associated with removable dentures are eliminated. They function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat with confidence and without pain. Because adjacent teeth are not altered to support the implant (as in the case of a bridge), more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth for flossing, thereby improving oral hygiene. Implants are very strong and, if taken care of correctly, can last a lifetime.
Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care implants can last a lifetime.
Anyone healthy enough to have a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. If not enough healthy bone is present to safely place an implant, a procedure known as a “bone graft” (usually performed by a specialist) can be performed prior to placing an implant. It is essential that the patient has healthy gums and sufficient bone in which to place the implant, and they must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
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