A dental implant is essentially a natural looking, long-lasting artificial tooth. The implant has a shape that resembles a screw.
Dental Implants are one of the best options for replacing missing teeth. An implant is the only tooth replacement option that replaces the missing tooth from the crown to the root. Usually made from titanium, a biocompatible material, they look and function just like a natural tooth.
In addition, a dental implant is the only option that preserves and promotes bone health. Dental implants are also one of the most successful, long-lasting dental procedures available.
Why are Dental Implants so successful?
When tooth loss occurs, a loss of bone density also occurs. This process is known as bone resorption. Surrounding teeth begin to be affected as they start to drift, misalign, loosen and even fall out.
Dental implants act as a tooth replacement by creating a restorative solution from the root to the crown. They essentially replace the missing tooth.
The titanium implant fixture is embedded into the bone and begins to integrate with the bone. This allows stimulation and bone growth to begin.
There are four general types of dental implants. The implant type used is decided based on the specific treatment plan arrived from the patient’s dental evaluation.
How long do Dental Implants last?
The part of the implant that is surgically placed into the jaw can last a lifetime. This is because dental implants are made from biocompatible materials to the jaw. This helps implants to integrate with the bone and create a permanent hold.
Studies have shown that dental implants have between a 95%-98% success rate. The success rate can vary based on which part of the mouth the implant is positioned. The crown placed on top of an implant may need to be replaced more frequently. Dental crowns can often last anywhere from 10-20 years.