What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant typically consists of three parts: the implant post, the abutment, and the restoration. The implant post is a small titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Because it is made from titanium, the implant fuses to the bone and operates like the root component of a tooth. The abutment is a porcelain or metal support structure that attaches the implant to the restoration. Restorations are usually made of zirconium or porcelain to provide the very best in aesthetics and durability. Your restoration will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth.
Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?
Most patients qualify for dental implant treatment, but there are a few requirements. First and foremost, the patient must have the appropriate bone density and quantity. This issue is usually the result of long-term untreated tooth loss. Without teeth, your jaw lacks physical stimulation and will begin to deteriorate. Patients should also be committed to proper oral hygiene and regular office visits. Patients with oral health complications, like gum disease, will have to treat the disease before receiving an implant. Smoking and tobacco use can also affect the success rate of implant treatment. If you are considering implants, talk with Dr. Johnson to see if treatment is right for you.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Patients choose dental implants because of the many benefits:
|•||Natural appearance. Whether you receive a crown, bridge, or full arch replacement, your implant-supported restoration will look and feel like your teeth.
|•||Comfort and reliability. Dental implants function like your natural teeth and utilize the support structure of your jawbone. Removable restorations rest on the gums and are often bulky and uncomfortable. With implants, you will not experience embarrassing slips or issues chewing food. You can eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort.
|•||Better self-esteem. A missing tooth can make smiling an embarrassing experience for some patients. The same can be said for restorations with inferior esthetics. Dental implants can give you back your smile and improve your self-esteem. With superior cosmetics, implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to your authentic teeth.
|•||Durability. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), dental implants have a 98% success rate. With the right care, your dental implant could last a lifetime.
|•||Better long-term oral health. Unlike other restorations, which can cause decay and structural complications, implants do not affect surrounding teeth. Dental Implants also fuse to the bone during the process of osseointegration. Osseointegration halts the process of bone deterioration and helps you maintain a youthful facial structure.
|•||Convenience. Most implant-supported restorations do not require any specialized care. You can brush and floss as you normally would. Implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of sticky adhesives and removable appliances.|
Learn More About Dental Implants
Call (509) 886-8833 to learn more about dental implants, and schedule a consultation visit.