If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, there are several proven replacement options to consider – from dental bridges to dentures to dental implants and occasionally full or partial dentures. When choosing, you want to have all of the facts in front of you, and of course get the professional advice of your dentist.
Dental implants have emerged as a preferred method for replacing the function of one or several missing teeth. As a patient, however, you want to know that implants are safe and effective. The article will help you begin to answer that question.
How do they work?
It is a titanium post that acts as a replacement for the missing roots of the tooth. Since titanium is a material that is compatible with the body, when the jaw bone heals, it fuses with the post creating a strong base for a replacement tooth. A crown can then be attached to it to complete the tooth replacement process.
The major benefits of dental implants are that they look and feel natural, retain a strong biting force and keep the jaw bone healthy. Not only used for replacing single teeth, they can be used to replace multiple teeth or to anchor dentures, keeping them in place and making them feel secure and comfortable.
Is it painful?
With local anesthesia used during the surgery, it should make the placement procedure pain-free. In fact, patients who have received dental implants often report that it involves less discomfort than a tooth extraction.
After the treatment there may be mild discomfort for several days. To manage this, patients typically take an over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil for 3 – 5 days.
In cases where bone grafts or multiple implants are needed, post-operative recovery can require more time and pain medication.
What is the success rate of these surgery?
Success rates are generally very high, ranging between 93% and 98%. In the rare cases where failure occurs, it can be due to a failure of the implant to fuse with the bone during the healing process, an infection or mechanical failure.
Implants still need to be maintained and cared for much as natural teeth are. The great news about them however, is that with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
These surgery has been in use for more than 30 years and with a high success rate, it is known as one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry when performed by a dentist who specializes in the procedure.
It is the only restoration method that stimulates the natural bone underneath the missing tooth and alleviates the challenge of bone loss. It is one of the preferred tooth replacement options and the one that for the patient, feels, looks and functions the most naturally.