If your dentist is discussing the need for a dental implant with you, you probably have lots of questions. While the procedure might be new to you, it’s a time-tested technique for dental professionals.
Modern dental implants have been used since the 1970s, with constant improvements in shape, design and fusion with the jaw bone. Implants are made of titanium because of its biocompatibility and the fact that it bonds readily to the body’s own bone and to various bone grafting materials used in the process.
For patients, the use of implants provides significant benefits:
- They can be used even if you’ve had dentures for years. The standard being taught in dental schools is the placement of two or four implants in the lower jaw, supporting a new denture.
- They are fixed in your mouth, and may mean you can get rid of dentures. In a case like this, six to eight implants would be placed in both the top and lower arch. Then, crowns and bridges would be created and cemented in place.
- They can be a better option than a bridge. If you’re missing one or two teeth, an implant(s) is the preferred option for two reasons. First, you are not violating the adjacent teeth. Second, the implant mimics a tooth root, so the bone will stay healthy in that area and won’t continue to resorb or shrink, like it does under a bridge.
- They may be less expensive over time. A bridge is usually replaced two to three times over a patient’s lifetime because it begins trapping food, leading to decay. These teeth often end up with a root canal as well. While an implant is initially more expensive, it saves money in the long run.
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Buford, GA 30518
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