Once you learn about the advantages of dental implants, you will realize that there is no better way to restore missing teeth. Our dentistry enjoys helping patients find a new smile or improve their ability to chew food. Whether it is one tooth or multiple teeth, a dental implant is a permanent solution. And if you wear dentures that may be uncomfortable or slide around in your mouth, dental implants can be used to secure dentures.
Dental implants are titanium fixtures. That’s right, the same material that is used in hip and knee replacements. Titanium is not only an extremely strong metal, but biologically sound for use in the human body. To complete the dental implant a porcelain crown, that looks and acts like a natural tooth, is positioned on top of the root part of the tooth.
Dental Implant Patient Example
Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. As dental implants are fixed in the jaw, there are none of the problems that are associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partials, including:
- The slipping, irritation and pain that can accompany dentures
- The tedious removal for overnight soaking and cleaning
- Family members seeing you without teeth
- The reattachment with adhesives
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, resin bonded bridges and endodontic treatment.
Dental implants have been used for more than 50 years, but not until the procedure was perfected by Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Inngvar Branemark. Today dental implants are becoming the standard of care for dental tooth replacement.
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