Dental implants provide a safe solution for patients who want to replace teeth, and one that can last a lifetime. Much different than bridges or crowns, dental implants are fused directly with the jaw. The implants are put in place by the dentist using a surgical procedure. Once they are implanted, they provide a permanent anchor for replacement teeth and, in addition to that, there are many other benefits.
Provided that you follow proper oral hygiene procedures and that you take care of yourself overall, dental implants can provide an incredibly impressive amount of longevity. They can last for well over a decade.
Dental implants give superior aesthetic results, as well. They are as close as dental science can get to giving you your original teeth back. They have the additional advantage of providing stimulation to your gums. Normally, the roots on your teeth provide stimulation to your gums which prevents them from degrading. The dental implants provide that same benefit.
In these regards, these provide a safe, proven, permanent lifetime solution that has health benefits, on top of everything else.
Getting the Implants
Dental implants are inserted during a surgical procedure. Following the insertion, the patient may take anywhere from two to six months to heal up. During this time, the dental implants actually bond with the bone in the jaw, seating them firmly and providing the aforementioned stimulation to the bone itself.
After an abutment is added to the implants, the new tooth is placed on it and matched to the existing teeth around it. In cases where an entire top or bottom set of teeth is being replaced, the aesthetic results can be magnificent. Dentists are also very adept at matching a replacement tooth to existing teeth, providing the best possible aesthetic results.
Implant surgery has been around for a very long time. In fact, it’s been around for long enough that dentists can say with confidence that these implants can last over a decade. If you’re looking for a permanent, lifetime solution to missing teeth, this is an option that you should explore with your dentist. There are different types of implants available, including titanium and zirconium, with the latter being preferred by people who either cannot tolerate titanium or who simply want something more natural and biocompatible. Talk to your dentist about your options for permanent tooth replacement.