Millions of people in the US suffer from tooth loss due to decay or periodontal disease in spite of the progress made in the field of dental care. Earlier, there were only a couple of treatment options available like dentures and bridges. However, with the advancement in technology, dental implants have become a viable treatment option. The implant dentist at our clinic offers dental implants as the most durable solution for replacing missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant refers to a small, artificial tooth root which is put in the place of the actual root of the missing tooth in order to hold the replacement tooth or bridgework in place. It is made of titanium and has the shape of a screw. The insertion of the screw involves a minor surgical procedure which only requires numbing of the area to be treated.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants by far have the highest success rate of more than 95% compared to other tooth replacement solutions. During the first session of treatment, the artificial root is placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. It requires a specific healing time in order to fuse with the surrounding bone structure. This process takes some months. Once the healing period is over, the crown is attached to it to create a replacement tooth.
Tooth Replacement Options
The implant dentist at our clinic assesses the number of missing teeth and suggests the type of dental implant required:
- Replacing one tooth- In case a single tooth is to be replaced, just one implant and crown can do the job. This is the most long-lasting of all replacement treatments.
- Replacing multiple teeth- bridgework is the best way to replace multiple teeth. Just two implants placed on either side of the gap can support the bridgework instead of putting in an implant for individual teeth.
- Replacing all the teeth- With the help of 4 implants, a whole set of new teeth or dentures can be fixed into the mouth. Only if the jawbone is not strong enough or its density is low, more implants are required.
- Implants for removable dentures- Generally removable dentures tend to slip off while eating or talking because the bone surface gets worn. When they are supported with dental implants, they put pressure into the bone structure instead of the surface which increases the durability of treatment and preserves the bone.
Care and Maintenance For Dental Implants
The implant dentist at our clinic suggests regular brushing and flossing to avoid bacterial growth in the form of peri-implantitis which can loosen the implant. It is important to have an adequate number of implants to avoid grinding of teeth. Implants are meant for the long-term so they should be taken care of diligently.
Visit ‘A Glamorous Smile’ in New Port Richey today for more information on implant dentistry or call us at (727) 834-8885