If you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may be looking for a way to improve the look of your smile without the need to wear a prosthetic appliance. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with a dental implant. Implants are made out of titanium, which is a material that has been used for decades in surgical procedures. Your new implants become the anchor for other restorations, like crowns and bridge work. For many patients, implants can even hold onto dentures that are more securely and firmly in place.
All About Dental Implant Technology
Implants have become the go-to option for patients wanting or needing to replace missing teeth. In the past, your only two options for replacing a tooth was with a bridge or a partial denture. Rather than compromising surrounding teeth or having to wear a prosthetic appliance, an implant works on its own to replace what is missing. This not only restores your smile to its original beauty, but it improves overall functionality as well.
How Long Will Implants Last?
The beauty about implants and why so many patients have chosen them is because of how durable and long-lasting they are. Most implants can last for decades and even a lifetime, making them a permanent solution to your dental problems. Because of the surgical-grade titanium that is used to construct implants, they can resist great force and impacts that they undergo daily. Likewise, your implant will naturally fuse with your jawbone in just months of being placed during a process that is known as osseointegration. Once the implant fuses with the bone, it essentially becomes a part of your smile and will not move or fall out of place.
How to Maintain Your New Implants
The best way to keep your implant intact and looking its best is with proper oral hygiene. One thing that can compromise the integrity of implants is bone loss. Bone loss can occur due to gum disease and gum recession. Because of this, preventing gum disease with proper brushing and flossing is key to keeping your implants looking their absolute best. As always, make sure that you come in for regular checkups so that we can check on the health of your implant.
If you would like to come into our office to learn more about implants, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient appointment.