Do you suffer from tooth loss? So do millions of other Americans who have lost teeth as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or injury. For many years, the only treatment options were bridges and dentures. But now, dental implants are also available for qualified patients.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They offer a strong foundation for both permanent or replacement teeth that a dentist will make to match your natural ones. If you are healthy enough to undergo a dental extraction or oral surgery, you are probably a good candidate for this procedure.
How Dental Implants Work
Your dentist will insert a small post made of titanium into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it into the jaw. This will be allowed to heal.
Later, your dentist will make a small connector post (called an abutment) and attach it to the titanium so that it will hold the new tooth. Then he or she will make an impression of your teeth and a model of your bite and create a new tooth or teeth based on this model. A replacement tooth (called a crown) is then attached to the abutment.
The advantages of dental implants are many. They include improved, appearance, speech and oral health. You’ll also find that you will be able to eat your favorite foods with greater confidence and without pain. And, unlike dentures, you’ll never have to fuss with things like messy adhesives to keep your teeth in place.
Depending on where implants are placed in your jaw, the success rate of dental implants is almost 98%. And with proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for dental implants, Harlingen Family Dentistry can help you. Our staff of caring dental professionals will evaluate your oral health and suggest your best options. For a more beautiful smile, contact us today!