What You Should Know About Dental Implants

By this point in time, most people have at least heard of dental implants in passing. If you were to poll dentists, you would find dental implants are quickly becoming the go-to means of tooth replacement. These artificial teeth are functional, easy on the eyes and really do feel like regular teeth. Here are some facts that you need to know about this breakthrough tooth replacement option.

An Explanation of Dental Implants

Dental implants go in the mouth in a procedure where the periodontist or oral surgeon surgically adds titanium screws to the gums to connect with the jawbone. The process of osseointegration then occurs to fuse the jaw bone with the titanium screws. Over several weeks to months, the two will firmly connect.

At this point, a dentist will place abutments atop the titanium screws. Dental crowns will also remain in place on top of it all to resemble actual teeth. While the dental implant process certainly takes some time, it is well worth it in the end.

Once your dental implants are in place, they will look and function just like real teeth. This is primarily due to the fact that dental implants are replacing the roots of the teeth as well as the visible portion of the teeth. You can enjoy whatever sticky or hard foods you desire once your dental implants are in place.

Dental Implants Preserve Neighboring Teeth

Dental implants do not need to anchor to nearby teeth. This means the adjacent teeth remain exactly as they are. The preservation of such neighboring teeth is helpful for maintaining dental integrity.

Dental Implants are the Most Reliable Tooth Replacement Option Around

Dental implants will likely last for several decades. If you are an octogenarian or centenarian, your dental implants might last the rest of your life. You can eat anything you like, floss and brush your dental implants like regular teeth and generally live life without worry about an oral mishap. Dental implants remain firmly in place thanks to the strong connection between the jaw bone and the titanium screws.

Dental Implants Rarely Fail

The numbers are in and they show dental implants have an incredibly high success rate of around 95 percent. The chances of success ultimately hinge on each patient's unique mouth. In general, if the jaw bone is strong and the patient does not use tobacco, the dental implants will most likely succeed.

Dental Implants can be Placed in a Single Day

A majority of dentists favor the traditional dental implant placement procedure in which titanium screws are connected to the jaw bone through osseointegration. However, it is now possible to add dental implants to your mouth in one day.

CEREC® same day dental implants provide immediate tooth restoration that empowers patients to enjoy the benefits of artificial teeth without delay. Meet with your dentist to determine if same day dental implants are the right choice for your unique mouth.

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