Are you hiding your smile due to a missing tooth? Over half of the American population suffers from tooth loss. At Axiom Dentistry we can restore your smile with one of the most successful dental treatments available: Dental Implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jaw bone and acts as an artificial root. The screw then supports a custom made dental crown. A completed dental implant has three components and usually takes 6-12 months to complete the entire process.
- Implant placement- The titanium screw is placed into the bone. Patients wait approximately four months for the implant to fuse to the bone.
- Abutment placement- An abutment is a connector piece that attaches the implant crown to the titanium screw.
- Crown placement- After a healing period, a custom made crown is designed and then connected to the titanium screw.
Dental implants can replace one or more missing teeth. Patients that have multiple or all teeth missing may benefit from an implant supported denture. This type of denture is supported by and attached to several strategically placed dental implants. An implant supported denture or implant bridge can alleviate the frustrations associated with removable appliances. Your dental provider can provide several dental implant options that will fit your personal needs.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental Implants have become extremely popular because they are the best long-term replacement option available today. They look and feel natural allowing you to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. With careful planning and proper care dental implants have a 98% success rate and can last for a lifetime.
What about other options?
Prior to dental implants patients had few tooth replacement options:
Long before dental implants, bridges were the standard for fixed single tooth replacement. A dental bridge is a false tooth attached to the two adjacent teeth by dental crowns. Bridges look and feel natural however they must be supported by the surrounding teeth. The disadvantage is if one of the supporting teeth breaks or develops decay the entire bridge will need to be removed and replaced. Dental bridges are durable however the average lifespan is 10-15 years.
Partials and dentures are removable appliances that are designed to replace some or all missing teeth. Removable appliances can be very frustrating and leave patients feeling uncomfortable and insecure. They can restrict the ability to eat and speak and often require messy adhesives to prevent clicking or slipping.
Though these options address some of the problems associated with tooth loss such as shifting and movement of the remaining teeth; dental implants offer long-term oral health benefits because they look and act as close as possible to your own natural tooth.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Not all patients are candidates for dental implants. Some medical conditions and lifestyle choices can affect the success of your dental implant. Patients with diabetes, periodontal disease, or other medical conditions that interfere with the healing process may not be candidates for dental implants. To determine if dental implants will work for you contact your dental provider to schedule a consultation appointment.
Regain your confidence and improve the quality of your life with dental implants! Contact Axiom Dentistry to schedule your dental implant consultation today! Axiom of Knightdale | Axiom of Cary | Axiom of Zebulon | Axiom of Benson | Axiom of Clayton