So What are Dental Implants, Anyway?
You may have heard a lot about dental implants, and wonder what they are, how they work, and why they’re preferable to other tooth replacement methods. Since we love to keep you informed and educated about the latest goings-on, we’re going to give you the nickel tour of dental implants.
Interesting Facts about Dental Implants
It may seem like dental implants are a recent innovation, but you might be surprised to learn that an early version of dental implants were actually in use way back in ancient Egyptian times. Just in case you think that dental implants are a passing fad:
- Dental implants have been around since the mid 1880’s, but became most common around 1980
- 3 million people have dental implants, but the number is growing by about 500,000 per year
- 10% of US dentists now place dental implants
- The success rate for dental implants is about 98%
How do Dental Implants Work?
- Dental implants are a stand-alone replacement teeth that mimic the look and structure of natural teeth.
- The foundation of an implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw bone. The implant bonds with surrounding bone and acts as a replacement root for the missing tooth.
- This titanium root is finished by capping it with a natural looking dental crown. The result is a functional replacement tooth that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Why are Dental Implants the Preferred Tooth Replacement?
Bridges and dentures are great for solving the aesthetic problem, but they only fill the space left by a missing tooth. Dental implants are more effective than other tooth replacement options because they actually become part of your mouth.
Dental implants look beautifully natural, and actually improve your oral health. Tooth loss can cause a number of oral health problems, including loss of gum tissue shifting teeth, and deterioration of the jawbone.
Since the implant becomes the replacement for a missing root, it stabilizes surrounding teeth and prevents them from shifting out of place. The unique properties of dental implants make them appropriate for a number of uses:
- Replacing one or multiple missing teeth
- Replacing a tooth teeth without adding stress to adjacent teeth
- Preserving the strength and density of the jawbone
- Providing support and stability for an existing bridge or denture
At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we’ve helped many patients restore their smiles and regain their lives after tooth loss. Dental implants are a remarkable, effective solution for tooth loss, but there are a number of factors we have to consider before we decide if they’re the right choice for you.
Please contact our Gasport dental office, and a member of our team will be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss dental implants and our other tooth replacement options.