Every day, people around you are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone. They are a long-term solution to missing teeth and can be very similar to your natural teeth. Plus, unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants likely will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery – and is best performed by a trained surgeon. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) has the specialized education and training in the complexities of the bone, soft-tissue and nerves involved to ensure you get the best possible results.
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
- Strength and durability. Implants can last for many years with proper care, and they will not need to be replaced like dentures or bridges. Additionally, dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth!
- Ease of care. Implants do not require special care; you can brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
- Jawbone health. When you lose a tooth, the bone around it begins to deteriorate, causing your face to change shape and making it difficult to chew food properly. Dental implants help prevent this from happening by providing support for the jawbone.
Implants are made of titanium alloy that fuses with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. There’s no shortcut to get around that process, and it usually takes several months once the implant is put into your jawbone.
If dental implants are something you are interested in, please contact a scheduling specialist in our office by calling the number listed.