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Dental Implants

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Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. Just like the root of a natural tooth, the implant bonds with the jawbone, creating a strong, sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.

 

Once the post is placed, the crown (visible tooth) can be attached to the implant, recreating the natural structure and functionality of the original tooth.

Over the years, multiple procedures and prosthetics have been developed to replicate missing teeth, but none have been more successful than Dental Implants.

 

Dentures and bridges are common due to their low upfront cost, but may not be a good value considering maintenance and replacement costs over time. Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime and provide superior comfort compared to other tooth replacement options.

Look & Feel Great

Dental Implants feel, look and function like healthy, natural teeth.  You take care of them as you do your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing.  They help maintain healthy bone levels in your jaw which can help you retain the natural shape of your face and your smile.

Long Lasting

Dental Implants that are properly maintained can last many years. Other dental options such as dentures and bridges generally need to be replaced every 5-10 years, requiring additional costs and appointments.

Support & Protect

Bone loss starts as soon as a tooth is extracted and continues until it is replaced.  Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement choice that helps stimulate bone growth and prevent additional bone loss.

Permanent & Secure

No more clicking or slipping of your dentures! You can talk, eat and laugh with confidence again without worrying about the ill fit of your dentures.

How Permanent Are Dental Implants?

The question of how long a dental implant lasts is an important one. You may have heard that the average lifetime of a dental implant is twenty-five years or more. This is true as long as proper care is done to maintain them. Just like your natural teeth, a variety of factors influence their lifetime. These factors include:

  • How well you follow a regular dental maintenance routine, such as daily flossing, brushing, and seeing a dentist every six months.

  • Avoid chewing or biting down on hard items, like pen tips or pencils and avoid opening things with your teeth.

  • The skill of the dentist that placed the implant. Experts should be certified and knowledgeable of the best practices and be monitoring the process of osseointegration, or how well the implant is connecting to the jaw.

  • Your lifestyle (such as not smoking or smoking) and overall health.

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Apart from the simple aesthetics of the dental implant, they have many practical benefits too. They help you speak and eat naturally as they are securely anchored in the jaw with titanium posts. You don’t have to worry about slippage or having to deal with adhesives like traditional dentures. There are some alternatives to dental implants, including mini-implants, dentures and bridges.

 

It is important to take the time to learn about each of these options and to schedule a consult to see which is the right option for you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WILL DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST FOREVER?

It is commonly wondered if dental implants last forever, or if dental implants are permanent, and the simple answer is that they are one of the longest lasting tooth replacement options on the market.

 

Dental implants have a long history, starting way back in 1952 with their invention by Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon. He continued to study and refine his methods until 1982 at a medical conference.  His work showed the clinical success of implants and introduced the concept of osseointegration – where the bone actually fuses to the implant. Research has continued over the past forty plus years.

Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, so they can improve your self-esteem and confidence. Many people who have spaces in their mouth due to lost teeth can smile wide after having their new dental implant.

 

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HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST IF I NEED A BONE GRAFT?

It is rare, but not uncommon, for people to need a minimally invasive bone graft in order to increase the strength or density of the jaw. Less than 10 percent of people require a bone graft. The loss of jawbone density generally is a result of trauma to the bone, infection, disease, or tooth loss. A bone graft helps restore the jawbone health, so you can enjoy the permanency of a dental implant.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO REPLACE MY DENTAL IMPLANT?

It is possible you will never need to replace the implant. As long as it does not become loose, or develop infection, or damage, you should be able to have it for years. Be sure to see your dentist every six months and maintain a  healthy daily oral routine of twice-daily brushings and once-daily flossing.

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