A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to support a replacement tooth or a denture. Modern dental implants are composed of surgical-grade titanium similar to that used in artificial hips and knees. While having a 99% success rate, implants depend on surgical technique, materials, and type of restoration used over the implant thus it is highly recommended to see a periodontist for specialized care. Success also depends heavily on patient implant care and overall health.
What dental implants can do:
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting neighboring teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide needed stability and support for dentures
- Provide anchorage for orthodontic treatment
- Restoring confidence and functionality
Today’s dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. There are many situations where implants can help change your life. If you’re missing one tooth or missing several teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, you’ve found the right place! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own. Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
The process for dental implants often starts with a broken down or diseased tooth. This tooth will have to be extracted or removed to allow space for the dental implant. Depending on the location and size of the extraction site, a dental implant will be placed at the same time as the extraction or the bone will need to heal for 3 months before the implant can be placed. The dental implant must be stable to allow proper healing. This determination will be made by your dental implant surgeon at PerioLife. After the implant screw is placed in the bone, it must heal for 3 months before a tooth or crown can be placed on it. During this 3 month process, the implant must osseointegrate or attach to the bone in your mouth. There can be additional procedures needed such as a sinus lift or bone grafting if there is not enough bone at implant placement. Your surgeon will discuss these potential concerns during your dental implant consultation at PerioLife. Once the dental implant screw has healed for 3 months, the crown and abutment can be placed on your dental implant. The crown is matched to your existing teeth so that it looks natural.
You may be wondering how much dental implants can cost, but be assured that we will do our best to find a treatment plan that fits your dental goals and budget. We will work hard to provide you with the best care and treatment for your dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Most people who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. Local anesthesia can be used during the procedure, and most patients report that implants involve less pain than a tooth extraction.
Just like anything else in the human body, dental implants can fail. There are many reasons a dental implant can fail, but it is best to go to a periodontist to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant.
With regular brushing and flossing, the implant screw itself can last a lifetime, assuming the patient receives regular dental check-ups every 6 months. The crown, however, usually only lasts about 10 to 15 years before it may need a replacement due to wear and tear.
One of the key benefits of dental implants is that they are about as permanent a solution as you can get. Because the implants are fused to your jaw bone, they're very stable, and if you take good care of them, you can expect them to be just as durable as your natural teeth.