Do you have missing or damaged teeth? If your teeth need to be extracted and replaced, then you are probably a good candidate for dental implants. Unlike dentures, dental implants are placed in the jaw bone, so they secure directly to your jaw, creating a very stable, reliable foundation. Dental implants are the best next thing to your natural teeth. Dental implants serve a variety of functions, including:
The implant itself is a small, screw-shaped titanium post, which is used to replace the root of your tooth. This implant is placed in your jawbone, where the missing tooth once was, and it is left to heal. During this time, it will fuse to the jawbone, creating a stable support for the porcelain crown, which looks and functions just like the tooth it is replacing. The fusion of the post to the jawbone allows for its 95% success rate, which corrects even severe problems from having missing teeth.
The highest success rate and the best long-term investment for replacing a single tooth is a single tooth replacement dental implant. Single implants do not decay, never need root canal treatment, and are the next best thing to a natural tooth.
Similar to dental bridges, multi-tooth replacements are done when you need three or more teeth in a row replaced. Implants are an advantage over a bridge because the natural tooth that a bridge connects to is susceptible to decay.
Implant-supported dentures can replace a jawline along the top or bottom row of your mouth, which is a more effective denture since it will not shift around or fall out when your jaw moves while eating or speaking. Implant-supported dentures lock into place and connect securely.
Lynn Creek Dental Care will coach you on how to take care of your dental implants. Dental implants will require cleaning and flossing, just like your natural teeth.