Did you know that dental implants have an incredibly long lifespan? It’s true. A dental implant, once stable, can last for decades, and in some cases, the rest of a person’s life. Not only do dental implants address the limitations of popular prosthetics like bridges or dentures, they can last far longer and require far less maintenance (or special care). With dental implants and the permanent restorations/prosthetics attached to them, patients can enjoy a full restoration of oral function. Once implants are stable and have their restorations attached, patients can eat all the foods they normally would – even things that are chewy or tough like jerky, steak, or taffy.
Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the ideal method for replacing lost teeth. This is because they restore oral function for an incredibly long time. Not all patients are a good fit for dental implants, however. Some patients with a history of advanced gum disease or other health conditions will benefit from another tooth replacement method. Those who have lost bone density or those with sparse/thin bone in the jaw may require grafting procedures prior to implantation so that dental implants can stabilize properly. There are procedures and treatments that can increase a person’s candidacy for dental implants. It is best to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon to determine the best course of action. A consultation is a great opportunity to learn more about our practice and ask questions about your treatment.
The Uniqueness of Dental Implants
Dental implants present unique advantages to other tooth replacement options. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement method available that addresses the loss of a tooth’s root. This is done by embedding a titanium implant directly into the jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that the body will generate new bone to literally fuse to the titanium component – locking it in place. The process of bone fusing to the implant is what makes it a stable replacement for lost teeth. Once it is stable, it can hold a dental crown or bridge.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, call us today at Central Oklahoma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to reserve a consultation.