If you have lost a tooth/teeth, implants are a predictable, great service.
In many cases implants are the closest thing to having your natural teeth back.
Implants are biocompatible (friendly to the body) screws that are placed in the jaw bone to simulate the roots of a tooth/teeth. They can help support crowns, denture, partials, and more in place to restore function and beauty to your smile.
There several questions that have to be answered before someone can receive implants. Implants cannot get cavities like teeth, but they can get gum infections like teeth, so it’s very important that any active oral disease (cavities and gum disease) is treated before an implant is placed to minimize the chance of infection. Also, enough bone has to be present to place the implant where a tooth used to be (think of it as there being enough wood to place a screw). This can be figured out through x-rays and other imaging techniques. Smoking significantly affects the gums and the long term survival rate of implants. People taking bisphosphonates (a drug for osteoporosis) may not be able to have implants due to impaired bone healing).
Nothing that man makes will beat what mother nature made. It is the intent that implants will last for the rest of your life, however they can fail. Current scientific studies show survival rates for implants to be well above 90%1, but this is heavily dependent on proper maintenance. Without proper home care, regular professional cleanings and dental checkups, an implant can fail just as readily as the tooth it replaced. At AdVance Dental, you won’t be treatment planned for an implant without knowing all that goes into taking care of it beforehand.
- Wu S et al. Clinical and Radiologic Outcomes of Submerged and Nonsubmerged Bone-Level Implants with Internal Hexagonal Connections in Immediate Implantation: A 5-Year Retrospective Study. J Prosthodont. 2017 Nov 16. doi: 10.1111/jopr.12647.
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