You may have heard that dental implants provide the greatest benefit to your oral health and are often the best option for tooth replacement. But do you understand what dental implants really are, and how they work?
The key to dental implants is the part you don’t see: the implant itself. This is usually a threaded titanium post which is inserted into the bone of the jaw, and eventually fuses with it. Placement of the implant is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that may be carried out under local anesthesia or IV sedation . Integration with the bone generally takes a few months. After that process is complete, a custom-made crown that matches your natural teeth is permanently attached. After the crown is attached, your new tooth will look, feel and function just like your other teeth. When properly cared for, implants can last a lifetime.
The implant procedure has a long, successful track record, with a success rate of more than 95%. As an added bonus, implants help preserve the underlying bone structure which, if not stimulated, begins to deteriorate after tooth loss. Dental implants can be used for single or multiple tooth replacements, or as a means of supporting overdentures.
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