After more than 20 years of service, the vast majority of dental implants first placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the United States continue to still function at peak performance.
Dental implants are fast replacing bridges, and in some cases, dentures, for people who want a better, less problematic method of tooth replacement. Since 69% of adults over age 35 have lost a permanent tooth or two, this is very good news. Even better news is the fact that the professional dentists’ of Dentistry for Midtown are adept at performing this specialized oral surgery.
But just what is a dental implant?
Dental implants are artificial teeth that look a lot like real teeth in shape, size and texture. These teeth come with an artificial root that holds the new tooth in place.
The results are permanent, unlike dentures which have to be removed and cleaned every night or bridges which are often replaced every seven to fifteen years.
When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The experts at Dentistry for Midtown will help successful candidates for this procedure achieve their goal of keeping the implants in optimum shape. Regular visits to the Atlanta Midtown office can help you maintain your enhancements so that they continue to look great for a long time!
Contact Dentistry for Midtown today to learn more about this amazing dental enhancement procedure and explore your financial options!
Dental Implants For Every Dental Issue
Teeth are lost because of:
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Periodontitis (gum disease)
- Trauma to the mouth
- Excessive wear and tear
- Congenital defects
Today's dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.
Osseointegration is the process by which direct anchorage of a dental implant root and the bone of the jaw occurs. Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and successful type of dental implant. An osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the procedure with the placement of a crown. Once the implant has anchored with the jawbone, artificial prosthesis may be attached and the process is done. If osseointegration does not occur, the implant will fail.
Statistics show that 69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.
Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems.