If you have missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted and replaced, a dental implant might be the right choice for you. No other tooth replacement option creates a better, longer-lasting solution than dental implants. Implants are typically small, screw-shaped titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth and are covered by porcelain crowns that look and feel just like your old tooth. If ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth aren`t the right choice for you, ask Highland Oaks Family Dentistry what we can do to recreate your smile.
Implants help to preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost, preventing further problems in the future. As a minor surgical procedure, the post is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was, and is left to heal for a set period of time before the tooth-like crown is attached. While it heals, the bone fuses to the implant, leading to a 95 percent success rate that corrects even the most severe problems associated with missing teeth.
There are three primary tooth replacement options that Highland Oaks Family Dentistry offers: single tooth replacements, multi-tooth replacements, and implant-supported dentures. Depending upon the number of missing teeth, certain implant options will be superior to others:
In the case of failed implants, which are somewhat rare, poor oral hygiene and a lack of regular cleanings (which create bacteria that are damaging to implants) are usually the culprits. Clenching or grinding teeth, which occurs in one-in-four people, is another possible reason for implant rejection. Highland Oaks Family Dentistry will coach you on proper maintenance and cleaning.