Dental implants were not commonly available decades ago, and the only way to replace missing teeth was with traditional dentures. These traditional dentures had many disadvantages. To fit them, the teeth next to the missing tooth would have to be ground down to cement the bridge onto them. It is also not easy to chew with dentures, and they may make sounds when you eat or talk. In addition, dentures may easily slip out of place. Then along came dental implants and what a difference they made.
One of the greatest benefits of dental implants is that they act, feel and look like your natural teeth. Because dental implants are firmly attached to the jawbone, similar to the natural root, the false tooth is very stable. When properly placed they can last a lifetime.
When you lose a tooth, one of the problems this can cause is you begin to lose bone mass around the area where the tooth was. This is because there is no longer a root there to help strengthen the jawbone when you chew. Thanks to dental implants you can now eat whatever you want. By placing a dental implant in your jawbone, new bone growth will occur by a process called osseointegration. Adjacent teeth to implants are kept stable and are prevented from shifting position.
Bone loss can give people with missing teeth a sunken look, which can affect the structure of the whole face. Dental implants by helping to keep your jawbones strong will help to preserve your facial structure and give a more youthful appearance. They also do not require the grinding down of any teeth, so the integrity of healthy teeth is not affected.
Dental implants are cared for just as you would your natural teeth, including flossing and brushing twice a day and having regular dental check-ups. This is important because like natural teeth, dental implants can get gum disease and plaque without the proper care.
Dental implants give a very predictable outcome. The success depends on the amount of jawbone you have to support the implant. Dental implants have a success rate of around 98 percent, so the outcome is very predictable which is why they are the treatment of choice for the great majority of people.
Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is placed into your jawbone, which acts as a replacement root of the false tooth. Then a crown or bridge is fixed on top of the post, which will make a very strong and lasting tooth replacement.
When you have a consultation with our specialist, you can find out if you are a candidate for implants. Your teeth will be examined, and x-rays may be taken to determine the bone density and position of other teeth. Your new dental implants may serve you well for a lifetime. At the office of Dr. Michael Sohl, we are ready to help you answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.