Dental implants are titanium devices/screws that are surgically placed into the oral tissues beneath your gums that act as an artificial tooth root. The implant will join with your natural bone and will become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth called crowns and bridges. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or several teeth due to periodontal/gums disease, an accident or some other reason.
The success rate of dental implants is 95-97% and in the cases were they fail, they can usually be redone. A key to implant success is the quality and quantity of the bone where the implant is to be placed. If bone is needed, different grafting techniques can be used to gain the ideal bone amount. For example, on the posterior maxilla (upper back) the dentist may recommend a sinus lift which is the procedure of raising the maxillary sinus floor to develop ideal bone height for the placement of dental implant.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or all your teeth. When replacing some or all your teeth the dentist will recommend an implant-supported prosthesis such as artificial crown, fixed complete denture, fixed partial denture, removable complete overdenture, and removable partial overdenture.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
In general terms every adult in good general and oral health who is missing one or several teeth is a candidate for dental implants. The most important is that the candidate is extremely motivated and willing to take excellent care.
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