Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are often the best treatment option. Dental implants are long-term replacements that your oral & maxillofacial surgeon places in the jawbone, rather than using removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges.

69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth and by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Dental implants are used to fuse titanium metal with the jawbone which creates a long-term replacement. They won’t slip or make sounds that scream “false teeth,”. They won’t decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges and bone loss is generally not a problem. The best part is, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental Implants AnatomyA dental implants are made of titanium, that your surgeon fuses with the jawbone. It fits over the dental implant that from the gum line. The crown, is then fitted for a natural appearance.

A fixed bridge can be used for people missing a single tooth, but it can mean cutting the healthy teeth nearby. These adjacent teeth may or may not need to be restored in the future. Bridges don’t last as long as dental implants and may need to be replaced through the course of a lifetime. Removable partial dentures can also lead to the loss of adjacent teeth.

Bridges and Bone Loss Your surgeon may place two or more dental implants if you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth. These replacement teeth attached to the implants for functionality and the prevention of slipping and bone loss. Dental implants have a success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research, which is why they are a popular treatment option for replacing missing teeth.

Implants for missing teethDental implants allow for an enjoyable life without the restrictions many denture wearers face.
Dental implants are used to replace one to several teeth and work for those young and adult.

Existing Medical Conditions - While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, if a patient is capable of a common dental procedure, they are usually considered a successful candidate for dental implants.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth - Majority of all dental implant procedures are successful to patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay.

Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures - Bridges, removable bridges and dentures can be replaced by implants.

Smokers - Smoking lowers the success rate of implants.

Bone Loss - Oral & maxillofacial surgeons safely graft bone to secure the implant, for those who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease.

Children - Dental implants may be suggested for a child, but usually wait until growth is complete.