By Derek Gatta DMD MS FACP
Dental implants are a game changer for tooth replacement therapy. Previously, patients did not have great options for replacing missing teeth. Patients usually received a dental bridge or removable teeth they had to take out at night. Dental implants are titanium posts and are very biocompatible. A dental surgeon places dental implants in the same location where your tooth used to be. Once placed, bone cells grow onto the titanium surface, locking in the implant. In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants help preserve and prevent further bone loss. They require 3-4 months for complete healing, but select patients can receive a temporary tooth replacement the same day. Implants have a 95%+ success rate and are not susceptible to caries (cavities). They can still get a form of periodontal disease, so it’s important to continue getting professional checkups and cleanings.
Dental implants are a reliable and transformative option for patients missing one or more teeth. They not only help create a natural and realistic smile, they help maintain healthy bone levels, preventing large bony defects from forming.
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