Dental Implants: A Perfect Option for Tooth Replacement
You can lose a tooth for any number of reasons including a sports accident, a fall, age, or decay. A missing tooth can have both physical and psychological effects on you. Physically, it can cause a shift in the remaining teeth and cause them to become crooked.
In addition, the underlying bone can start to deteriorate over time without the root support from the missing tooth. This will eventually weaken the root systems of neighboring teeth. Psychologically, you may feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing. In either case, a simple solution is available in the way of a dental implant.
What Is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are basically a combination of titanium rod and dental cap that looks like a real tooth. The rod is anchored into the jaw bone in place of the original tooth’s roots.
The material is compatible with the human body, so the jawbone does not fight to reject the rod, but instead grows around it and helps keep it anchored. Then a cap that looks like your other teeth is attached at the gum line. All of this is done under local anesthetic, like most other dental procedures.
Effectiveness of Dental Implants
Dental implants are strong enough that, in the majority of cases, they can last a lifetime. It is nearly impossible for others to see any difference between them and your other teeth, so you can be confident about talking and smiling again.
If, however, something causes a problem with the current implant, it is an easy procedure to remove the current one and allow the jawbone to heal. Then another implant can be put into place. In general, the success rate of dental implants is a full 95 percent.