Are you one of the 120 million Americans missing one or more teeth? Dental implants may be the right option for you.
There are many reasons why people lose one or more of their teeth. For example, decay or gum disease can cause you to lose your teeth. You could also have your teeth accidentally knocked out or lose them to other conditions such as cancer.
Missing a tooth or teeth can impact more than just your appearance. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, missing teeth can lead to obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and some forms of cancer. One of the best options to replace missing teeth is a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is like an artificial tooth root. It’s a titanium cylinder or screw that's implanted into your jawbone to replace a missing tooth root.
Once the screw is surgically implanted into your jaw, it fuses with your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration and takes a couple of months to complete. The wait is worth it because the implant becomes a sturdy base to place a tooth replacement.
After the implant fuses with your jawbone, the dentist attaches an abutment, which acts as a connector between the implant and the replacement. With the implant firmly attached as part of your jaw bone, the replacement feels comfortable and natural.
Your tooth or teeth replacement can be removable or fixed in place forever. Regardless of which tooth replacement you choose, dental implants are long-lasting. They're also natural-feeling and can improve your appearance and jaw health. The implant stimulates your jawbone so that it stays strong and healthy.
Dental implants are also easy to care for. Because they match the structure of your natural teeth, you can follow your usual oral health regimen.
Who can benefit from a dental implant?
Most people who have a healthy mouth and want to replace missing teeth can benefit from a dental implant. Ideal candidates are those who practice good oral hygiene, don’t smoke, and have healthy gums.
Others who can benefit from a dental implant are people who don’t find dentures or bridges comfortable. However, those with tooth decay or gum disease are not good candidates because they’re at higher risk of infection from the implant, implant failure, and implant loss.
Dental implants have a 98% success rate, so if you’re missing one or more teeth and you’re ready to replace them, contact Chester Family Dentistry for a consultation. You can call our office at 330-331-9026 or request an appointment online by visiting our website.