Millions of Americans still suffer from tooth loss because of gingivitis, tooth decay or injury. Before, the only treatment available to fix missing teeth was dentures and bridges. Today, however, patients can now opt for dental implants.
But how do dental implants work? Are they for everyone?
Dental implants work by replacing tooth roots and acting as a strong foundation for removable or fixed replacement teeth.
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can improve your appearance as they look like your own teeth. As they fuse to your bone, they become a permanent structure in your mouth.
Another reason more and more people opt for dental implants is that they can improve their speech, unlike dentures. Because they are fused to your jawbone, they allow you to speak without worrying that your teeth might slip.
They also eliminate discomforts caused by removable dentures. Plus, they allow you to eat easier or let you consume your favorite foods without pain.
But no matter how beneficial dental implants are, they’re not for everyone. Not all patients with missing teeth can be a good candidate for this dental option. At Kososki Dental Clinic, our dental implant dentist will first evaluate your condition before recommending this solution.
If in case you’re not an ideal candidate, Dr. Anthony Kososki will recommend a treatment option that’s perfect for your condition.
Who are good candidates for dental implants?
Any healthy individual can be a candidate for a dental implant. But you must have healthy gums and sufficient bone to hold the implants. You should also be committed to following a good oral hygiene. Then, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
However, if you’re a heavy smoker, suffering from a chronic disorder or had radiation therapy to the neck or head area, you need to be examined and evaluated thoroughly by Dr. Kososki.
Are all dental implants successful?
The success rates of this dental treatment may vary depending on where the implants are placed. However, dental implants have success rates of 98 percent. And if you properly take care of them, they can last a lifetime.
Getting a Dental Implant
The first step in the process is an individualized treatment plan. Dr. Kososki and his team will prepare your plan to address your particular needs based on the option that’s right for you.
After developing the plan, a small post is made and is placed in the bone socket of your missing tooth. Your jawbone needs to heal, so the implant grows around the metal post and anchors in the jaw.
It takes up to 12 weeks for your jaw bone to heal completely.
Once the implant is fused to the jawbone, a connector post or an abutment is attached to hold the new tooth securely. Dr. Kososki will create a model of your bite. Your new tooth will be based on the model. A crown is then attached to the connector post.
Dr. Kososki will match the color of your new teeth to your original set of teeth. As the implant is secured within your jawbone, the replacement teeth will look and feel like your own natural teeth. They also function as if they’re your original set of teeth.