You probably already know at least one or two people who have dental implants and provided their treatment was successful, they are likely to rave about this method of tooth replacement. Dental implants are becoming an increasingly common solution for people looking to replacing ill-fitting dentures, or who are simply looking for the most permanent choice of replacing lost teeth.
However, most people are unaware of how a dental implant works. Although you will discover much more about dental implants when you first visit your dentist for an initial consultation, it can be nice to know a few essential facts beforehand and this might help you make the decision whether or not to investigate dental implants any further.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant consists of a small titanium post that replaces a tooth root, fusing strongly with the jawbone and becoming a permanent anchorage point for a replacement tooth. They can be used to replace single or multiple teeth and an increasing number of people are choosing them to stabilize loose dentures or even to replace them altogether with a fixed arch of teeth.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
One of the main reasons for choosing dental implants is the implant posts ability to stabilize the jawbone, preventing bone loss that could otherwise create stability problems for remaining teeth and which may affect the overall dimensions of your face.
Extensive jawbone loss caused by the loss of multiple teeth can be very aging, causing the face to look as if it is collapsing inwards due to the loss of dimension between the upper and lower jaw. In contrast, a dental implant is strong, comfortable and stable, and with proper care, it should last for a very long time or even for a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
Dental implants have now been successfully used for decades and success rates can be around 95% or higher. Nonetheless, the success of treatment does rely on a couple of very important factors. The first is your choice of implant surgeon, ensuring he/she has extensive training and experience in placing dental implants as such as a periodontist, which means he/she is a dentist who specializes in diagnosing, treating and preventing periodontal disease and in placing dental implants.
Why Choose an Implant Specialist?
By choosing a specialist, you can be sure you will get the right type of implant system rather than the system a general dentist may be most familiar using. This can greatly affect the outcome of treatment and will ensure your implants look and feel natural and that they will function just like real teeth.
The second factor influencing the success of dental implants is your dedication to oral hygiene as it’s vital to keep dental implants thoroughly clean through regular home care combined with professional dental care. Without meticulous oral hygiene, there is a risk that your implants could become infected and will fail.
Successful dental implant treatment has the potential to be life-changing, particularly for someone who has struggled without teeth for many years. Having teeth that look great and which enable you to eat properly can significantly boost self-esteem and self-confidence.