Dental implants have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and there’s a great reason for it. Implants now allow dentists to treat patients with the most effective, minimally invasive method of tooth replacement possible. When an option for patients, dental implants are most definitely the way to go for their oral health needs.
Implants use hospital grade titanium roots to act as an artificial root in the bone of the mouth. Titanium also encourages new bone growth around it, making it become so stable that it can support more weight than a natural tooth. Once the bone osseointegration process has taken place, implants can support single crowns, multiple tooth dental bridges, or even full arch dentures. This prevents other teeth from being altered or treated simply to support prosthesis such as bridges or partials. An example would include placing a bridge on two healthy teeth in order to replace the missing tooth between them. Essentially, it is treating those teeth with crowns when there is nothing wrong with them. Implants prevent this from happening!
The long-term success rate of dental implants is over 95%. Implants provide a lasting solution to patients that want to replace missing teeth with a reliable, secure treatment that looks and feels natural. Denture patients that have struggled with loose appliances that are difficult to talk or eat with love the minimally invasive “all on 4” dentures, that only cover the “U” shape of the bone around their mouth. This frees up the roof of their mouth for a more natural fit throughout the day.
Are you a candidate for dentures? The advancements made in recent years allow implants to be placed in patients that may have previously been told they were not a candidate. Ask your implant dentist today about your implant options.
Posted on behalf of Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
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