Dental implants have been a reliable and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth for decades. Their popularity has only accelerated over the years due the treatment becoming highly predictable, with studies finding dental implant success rate as high as 97% 10 years after implant placement. Popularity of dental implants also rose since they’ve proven their ability to closely mimic the look and function of natural teeth. With millions of people having already received dental implants, it has become the preferred method for replacing missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is essentially a screw made of titanium that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This screw acts as a foundation for a dental restoration such as a crown or dentures. This means that dental implants can be used to replace anything from a single tooth to an entire set of teeth, providing a cosmetic and functional solution to missing teeth. Patients who receive dental implants can easily forget they have them if they are placed by a skilled implant specialist, like the periodontist at Auburn Dental Group, and restored by an experienced cosmetic dentist.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
At the end of the day, only a dentist who has seen your dental situation can make the call on whether you are a candidate for dental implants. The dentist needs to take into account bone levels, the position of the other teeth in relation to the missing tooth, among other things.
Missing teeth not only impact the cosmetic appearance of one’s smile, but they can also affect their ability to chew and speak properly. Additionally, the loss of teeth can lead to the remaining teeth shifting and changes in the bone and tissue levels at the site of the missing tooth. These changes can make it difficult to place a dental implant in the area, making it crucial to find a multi-specialty dental team with experience in dental implant surgery and restoration.
A periodontist can restore tissue at the site of the missing tooth and place the dental implant. They will work with a cosmetic dentist to determine the best angle and depth for placing the implant, taking into account the altered situation in the mouth and the final restoration’s desired appearance. All the steps involved in the procedure will be discussed in detail with the patient in advance to ensure they have confidence and peace of mind.
While this complex procedure requires multiple visits, the benefits of dental implants make the time and effort worth it. With proper care, dental implants can last for decades, providing a long-term solution to missing teeth. If you are interested in receiving dental implants, contact the team members of Auburn Dental Group to discuss your needs and schedule a consultation.