If you are missing one or more teeth, rest assured you are not alone. An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 35 million have no teeth left at all. There are many different options for replacement, but one solution – dental implants – is growing more and more popular every year. With more people turning to this permanent tooth replacement alternative, we decided to list the top five reasons we believe dental implants are becoming the preferred choice in tooth replacement
No Wiggling, No Slippage
We’ve all heard stories of dentures falling out in the middle of someone’s meal. Maybe you’ve even experienced it yourself. From messy denture creams to unattractive wires that help secure a bridge, dental implants allow patients to avoid all of the frustrations of dentures and bridges. An implant is just as secure as a natural tooth, meaning wearers can continue to eat their favorite foods without fear of wiggling or slippage. Even the maintenance is simple, as wearers need only brush and floss, as usual, to care for their new teeth.
We do not use outdated or antiquated equipment. Our state-of-the-art technology helps us to map and plan each patient’s treatment with personalized smile design. Each crown is carefully shaped, sized, and color-matched to provide a beautiful and natural appearance. We are so confident in the aesthetics of our dental implants, we would be surprised if anyone could tell the difference between one of our implants and a natural tooth.
If your natural tooth cannot be preserved, a dental implant is generally considered the next best option. An implant is composed of titanium, which is a very sturdy material that is also well-accepted by the human body. The titanium post is placed within the bone to replace the natural tooth root. Over time, these artificial roots fuse with the surrounding jaw, fooling the body into believing there is still a tooth in the bone. This not only helps prevent future bone erosion, but it also provides a solid anchor for a crown.
Patients with good bone structure beneath the gum enjoy extremely high success rates, which hover around 96 percent depending on where the implant is located within the jaw. An implant is said to be successful once it has remained intact for at least 10 years. However, most implants last many decades, and often the remainder of a patient’s lifetime. Even those with poor bone structure can enjoy long-term success when bone grafting is used to build up the bone prior to dental implant surgery.
The dental implant procedure is not as complicated as you may think. Advancements in modern dentistry and technology have made it easier than ever to place implants. Most patients find the procedure quite tolerable with little to no discomfort at all. For your comfort and convenience, we here at Bosler Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offer local anesthesia and in-office sedation to eliminate pain and ease anxiety. There are no open wounds after dental implant surgery, and it only takes a few months for the implants to biologically integrate with the bone. At that time, the implant is fitted for a crown, which will look and work exactly like a natural tooth.
Don’t settle for the stigma of tooth loss or the frustrations of topical prosthetic solutions when dental implants can provide an easier, stronger alternative with a more natural appearance. Contact our office for more information or to request your dental implant consultation. We look forward to serving you soon.