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What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically implanted directly into the jaw bone, once Osseo-integration is complete; the implant performs the same function as a tooth root. An implant is permanent, it cannot loosen nor do teeth either side of the site have to be modified to accept a bridge. Dental implants in West Town can be used for a single tooth; they can also be used to secure a bridge or denture.

How do dental implants work?

After the initial implant surgery has been completed, the site is covered and left alone until bone and implant become as one; this may take six months or more. Once this has happened, the dentist uncovers the implant and places a post; it is the post that supports a crown.

Because the implant is fixed, it is an extremely stable support for a replacement tooth. If multiple implants are used to hold a denture, it will not slip or shift around in the mouth. The fact that all teeth are secure leads to fewer problems with eating and speaking and dental implants in West Town are certainly far more comfortable that a denture.

Many people cannot tolerate a denture, they tend to get sore spots on their gums or even feel as if they are about to gap. Because of poor dental ridges, there are some people that can’t wear a denture even if they wanted to. Ordinary bridges are attached to adjacent teeth, when a dental implant is employed there is no need to grind down perfectly good teeth to support the bridge.

People with healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone to support the implant are ideal candidates. The success rate for implants is about 95 percent. Dental implants may be a little more costly than the alternatives but the extra cost is well worth paying when you consider comfort and function.

If you have one or more missing teeth you may wish to consider dental implants in West Town. You are invited to discuss the procedure and cost by contacting Washington Dental Care.

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