Did you know that dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth? Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay.
A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root of a tooth. Dental implants are surgically placed into the jaw and fuse with the bone. They are made of titanium, which is light-weight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint re-placements. Dental implants have the high-est success rate of any implanted surgical device. Over the past twenty years that implants have been used, they have greatly changed the face of dentistry.
Implants are used to replace one or more teeth or provide support and stability for a full or partial denture. They offer many advantages over traditional methods of tooth replacement such as:
Better Esthetics: Implants look and feel like your own teeth.
Tooth saving: Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does. Your natural teeth are un-touched and are not needed for support.
Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to speak and eat with comfort. They secure and offer more support for a full or partial denture.
Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable.
Before the implant is placed, Dr. Doty or Dr. Gaebelein will do a comprehensive dental examination. During the exam there will be a review of your medical and dental history. A 3D scan will be taken at your examination to determine if you have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. Using the latest technology, Dr. Doty or Dr. Gaebelein can create a custom treatment plan that fits your dental needs. We can plan the placement of an implant with the help of computer imaging. This ensures that the dental implant will be placed in exactly the right position in the bone. Placing the implant requires a minor procedure using a local anesthetic. The implants are placed directly into the jawbone. Next comes a four to six month waiting
period to allow the implant to completely fuse to the bone. This is known as osseointegration. Once the implant is firmly integrated into the jawbone, the permanent tooth restorations can be placed.
If you would like to know if you are a candidate for dental implants please call our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Doty or Dr. Gaebelein can consult with you and discuss your options. Implants are a worthwhile investment and are sometimes covered by insurance companies. Our staff can work with you to come up with a financial plan to make this procedure affordable.
This article was written by Helper