Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants

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These days, everyone is talking about dental implants. It’s estimated that three million people have tooth implants, and that number is growing every year. With recent advances in dental technology, dental implants have swelled in popularity.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is the newest and most advanced way to replace a missing tooth. It’s quickly taking the place of its older cousin, a dental bridge, which was until recently one of the best ways to replace a mission tooth. Dental implants are a completely permanent method for replacing a missing tooth, which has made them the preferred choice.

How Does It Work?

During the procedure, your dentist will insert a titanium post, which acts as an artificial tooth root, into the jawbone. This post will fuse into the jawbone and become “anchored” in about 3-6 months. The post supports a dental crown, which your dentist will then cement onto it to complete the natural-looking tooth replacement that is indistinguishable from your natural tooth.

A dental implant requires little to no maintenance (no more than what you do for your other teeth). You can brush and floss the implant just like you would a regular tooth; it becomes a part of your regular routine! It also doesn’t put any strain on surrounding teeth like a dental bridge does. It’s incredibly durable and remains resistant to decay.

The Fine Print

While a dental implant is an effective choice for replacing your missing tooth, it’s important to understand that it does require minor surgery. Unlike a bridge, which is completed in a couple of weeks, an implant procedure takes a few months to complete because the bone needs to heal before the crown can be placed. Dental implants are generally more expensive than dental bridges, although it’s a good investment in your future dental health because they do not need to be replaced every ten years like a bridge does. It is a permanent solution that you will not have to worry about fixing later on.

If you’re in need of a tooth replacement and think a dental implant might be right for you, contact our team today to make an appointment.

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