Dental implants were developed in the early ’70s as a technique to replace a single or multiple missing teeth as an alternative to bridgework or partial dentures. Since then, placing and restoring dental implants has nearly become a perfected science. Thousands are placed around the world every day and the procedure to do so is not as uncomfortable or difficult as you may think!
I lost a tooth. Why should I consider a dental implant?
Patients who have suffered tooth loss are faced with various options when it comes to tooth replacement. The most common options available today are dental implants, bridges, and removable dentures. However, out of all the options available, dental implants are by far the most comfortable, reliable, and aesthetically viable solution.
Dental implants are considered by far the best restorative option for tooth loss available today. Implants provide patients with an option that is the closest thing to a natural tooth. They are considered the most comfortable and functional tooth replacement option as they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They also work to improve one’s appearance as they look just like natural teeth and support the facial muscles.
We also place dental implants to support removable dentures by providing an attachment inside of your denture that will snap on to the implants preventing movement. Patients who have struggled with their dentures for decades now are able to live a happy life with a very stable denture.
How long do dental implants last?
There are various factors that affect the longevity of dental implants, and the most important factor is proper patient selection and placement by the doctor. At Grady Dental Care, we thoroughly screen our patients who are considering dental implants as many patients are not good candidates. Once we determine someone’s health history is compatible with implant placement, we take a 3-dimensional CT scan of the area and are able to virtually place the implant BEFORE the placement to make sure the area in question is anatomically suitable for the implant.
Once the implant is placed, a patient is required to maintain proper oral hygiene because although they will not decay, they are susceptible to gum disease. Fortunately, our strict patient selection allows us to choose on patients who are most likely to have an implant that will last a lifetime!