What are dental implants?
Artificial tooth roots that are crafted from titanium and inserted into the jaw bone, a dental implant takes the place of a missing tooth by fusing with a patient’s natural bone, preventing bone loss and serving as an anchor for the replacement “tooth” that will eventually sit flush with the gum line.
What benefits coincide with having an implant placed?
When a tooth is removed, it causes the loss of bone mass in and around the extraction site. Along with its detrimental impact on your chewing function, it can lead to a sunken, aged appearance that can impact the overall appearance of your face. Placing a dental implant not only stimulates new bone growth and restores chewing function to the area, it helps retain your facial structure!
How long do implants last?
With diligent care that involves brushing and flossing twice a day and regular checkups and cleanings, they have the ability to last a lifetime.
Can anyone have a dental implant placed?
While most people will be candidates, patients need healthy bone levels and gums in order for an implant to be successful. Those who have experienced extraction caused by a tooth abscess or have existing gingivitis should speak to their dentist about whether an implant is an option for them.
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