A dental implant replaces the root structure of a missing tooth. You can’t see implants in someone’s mouth—an implant simply anchors a crown, denture, or partial denture to the mouth. Dental implants most often take the form of a screw-shaped titanium post.
Dental implants can replace one or more teeth while preserving the tooth-supporting bone. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is higher than any other tooth replacement option. Though the initial cost of a dental implant is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost effective solution over time. An implant will never decay as long as it is taken care of properly.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Your options for replacing missing teeth include dentures/partials, a bridge, or dental implants. We believe dental implants are the most ideal solution for several reasons:
- Implants do not affect adjacent teeth. A bridge, however, requires shaving down perfectly healthy teeth to act as anchors for the bridge.
- Implants are more comfortable and aesthetic than full or partial dentures. Dental implants feel and look like real teeth, while dentures can feel uncomfortable and unnatural.
- Caring for dental implants is easy, because you clean them just like you would your real teeth. They also maintain the strength and health of your jawbone.
- Implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss if you care for them properly.
Tooth Replacement Options with Dental Implants
- Replace one tooth: A single implant can be inserted into the bone at the location of the missing tooth. After it is left in the bone to heal after a period of months, a final crown is attached.
- Replace multiple teeth: If you have more than one tooth missing, instead of placing an implant at each missing tooth location, implants can be used as supports for fixed bridgework.
- Replace all teeth: Implants can be used as anchors for dentures to prevent them from slipping while you eat and speak.
Am I A Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people are ideal candidates for implants. However, people with certain uncontrolled chronic illnesses, or who have insufficient jawbone structure might not be ideal candidates. Mini-implants that support full or partial dentures are a good option for those with thin bones. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Strandburg today to see if dental implants are the best option for your smile.
Committed to Doing What’s Best for You
Dental implants are an investment, which means they might not be the perfect fit for you. At Mark A. Strandburg, DMD, our goal is to treat you the way we would like to be treated. Dr. Strandburg won’t pressure you into receiving unnecessary procedures that you are uncomfortable paying for. We promise to treat you with integrity and respect, just like we would treat our own family.