Dental implants are now considered state of the art when it comes to replacement of missing teeth. They are superior to other choices because they are solid, secure, esthetic, and can offer a "new lease on life." After nearly 35 years of use, they have a 90-95% proven success rate on appropriately chosen cases. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
- Single tooth replacement
- Anterior replacement
- Posterior replacement
- Full upper replacement
A dental implant is a special surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, that is inserted surgically into the jawbone under local anesthesia below the gum surface. As the bone bonds to the post, it forms a secure foundation and base where a crown or bridge can be attached to function as the natural tooth did. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, or a full set of teeth. If you have been suffering with dentures, or are missing teeth, do not hesitate to call our office to be evaluated for dental implants.
Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.