Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental implant serves to replace both the natural tooth that has been lost and its root. Implant technology and the materials we use today were originally developed in Europe more than 30 years ago. With a success rate in dental literature of 95 - 98 percent they are a great option for patients who have good oral health but who have lost a tooth or several teeth.
Choosing this form of treatment must be made carefully because it involves a long term commitment, a recognition that the technology can be expensive and is not without risk. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to their optimal oral hygiene and maintaining regular dental visits. When placing an implant an adequate height and width of bone must be in place to insert the implant into. If there is not enough bone then a bone graft may be used to increase both the bone height and/or width before the implant surgery can take place.
Implants are very durable and will last for many years. Patients must refrain from certain behaviors, like smoking, or they will risk the success of their implant. Implants require the same care and maintenance as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular professional cleanings and dental check-ups. Dental implants can help restore your natural smile and give you the confidence you deserve and the comfort you once had.
Implants are a worthwhile investment but not all patients are candidates for this treatment. Numerous factors will need to be evaluated in determining if you are a good candidate, some of which include: overall health and wellness, medications, oral health history, tobacco usage, oral hygiene habits, gum disease, medications and the availability of adequate bone in which the implant will be placed.
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