Dental Implant: All You Need to Know

 In Dental Care

Every year, at least half a million Americans get dental implant. So far, more than six times that number have implants. The procedure allows people with tooth loss due to decay, injury, or any periodontal diseases a better treatment option than dentures or bridges.

What Is A Dental Implant?

Millions of people suffer from tooth loss. Improvements in dental care now allow for people to get replacements. These replacement tooth roots are known as implants. Moreover, they offer a strong foundation for replacement teeth that are custom-made to look exactly like your natural teeth.

What Happens During the Procedure

Lack of natural tooth roots makes it difficult to install tooth replacements. Artificial tooth roots are necessary for a firm foundation. For you to get replacement tooth roots, you need to undergo dental implant surgery. The procedure allows you to replace your damaged roots with metal, screw-like artificial roots.

The procedure varies from person to person, depending on the condition of your jawbone and the type of implant you’re getting. You may have to undergo more than one procedure. Moreover, an evaluation is necessary to ensure you prepare for the procedure and allow a much higher success rate.

Are There Risks and Benefits?

There are numerous benefits of getting a dental implant. That includes improved comfort, oral health, speech, and appearance. Unlike removable dentures, implants are better fitting and eliminate the discomforts  that come with poor fitting or slipping dentures like eating difficulties.

However, like every other procedure, there are risks. These include;

  • Infection at the site of the procedure
  • Sinus problems
  • Pain or damage to surrounding teeth

Final Thoughts

Your dentist can help you determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. The success rate is at least 98 percent and is a great way to improve your smile and oral health. Contact us today for more information.