Why Dental Implants
Dental technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, and one breakthrough technology that is garnering quite a bit of attention is dental implants. Dental implants are an incredible medical device, and just a few short decades ago, they were considered a brand-new discovery. Today, millions of people are enjoying the many benefits of dental implants, and we here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery are thrilled to be able to offer this procedure to our valued patients.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a special type of dental restoration that can not only improve the appearance of your smile; it can also greatly improve the function of your mouth. A dental implant is a surgical restoration that is placed directly into your jawbone. Due to the type of metal that we use in your implant, your bone will build up around the implant, a process that is known as osseointegration.
A dental implant is made of three parts. The first part is the titanium post, or the implant itself. We use titanium because it promotes osseointegration. The post attaches to a connector component, which is called an abutment. The abutment then attaches directly to the restoration, which is also known as a crown. These parts work together to create your dental implant.
Why Choose a Dental Implant
The many advantages of dental implants cannot be overstated. Not only do they make your smile look whole once again, but it can also improve your ability to bite and chew. When a person loses a tooth, they are also at risk of losing gum and bone mass in their jaw. Dental implants can help prevent this from occurring.
Unlike dentures, which can slip around and lead to embarrassment, your implant will not move around. It will remain firmly secured in your mouth. Dentures also need to be replaced every seven to ten years. Implants, on the other hand, are a permanent restoration and can last you your entire life. Dental implants can also help prevent loss of your remaining teeth, too, by lending support to the area. They can help relieve pain that may occur when eating by helping to take pressure off your remaining teeth. Your bite force is also completely restored, which means that no foods are off limits when you have a dental implant.
Taking Care of Your Dental Implant
Another benefit of dental implants is that you can take care of them just like you would take care of your natural teeth. Unlike dentures and partial dentures, which need to be removed to be cleaned, you can brush and floss around your dental implant. This is great for people who may be embarrassed about their tooth loss.
If you get a dental implant, please continue practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you continue to brush and floss and maintain regular dental cleanings (every six months). If you use tobacco products, such as cigarettes, please discontinue them. They can increase your risk of implant failure. However, dental implants typically have a 98 percent success rate, making them an excellent option for many patients.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and if you are a good candidate for them, or to set up an appointment with us here at Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, please give us a call today at (704) 255-5888!