March 31, 2017
No tooth replacement option works as well as the dental implant. Expertly restored by your Scarborough dentist, in conjunction with a trusted oral surgeon, these artificial teeth reside in the jaw bone, providing a secure foundation for healthy chewing and speaking and for outstanding aesthetics.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth composed of three parts:
- A titanium metal screw placed directed into the jaw bone during a simple oral surgery
- A metal alloy post, or abutment, attached to the implant and extending above the gumline
- A customized porcelain crown which is realistic in color and shape
After the oral surgeon places the implant and closes the site, he allows for several weeks of healing so the implant can properly bear the physical forces of biting and chewing. This postoperative time allows for a natural process called osseointegration where the jaw bone literally bonds itself to the titanium implant. Osseointegration makes dental implants exceptionally strong and also prevents gum and bone recession, common side effects of tooth loss.
More Benefits of Dental Implants
While dentists and their patients often choose dental implants to replace a single tooth, these prosthetics can anchor multiple teeth–in other words, fixed bridges or full dentures. In the case of bridges, implants avoid tooth and gum recession and the grinding down of tooth enamel to anchor bridges to adjacent natural teeth. With full implant-supported dentures, patients need to use no gooey adhesives, and jaw height and density remain youthful and strong. These denture patients experience no slurred speech or dietary restrictions either.
Additionally, while bridges and conventional dentures need replacement in eight to 10 years, dental implants can last a lifetime, rarely requiring the added costs of replacement. They boast a success rate of more than 90 percent and are easily cared for with routine brushing, flossing and professional cleanings. Plus, their looks are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Customized implant restorations from White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry really mimic the feel and function of real teeth.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Individuals in good overall health make excellent candidates for implants. Dr. Samantha Amaro examines the patient to make sure there is sufficient bone to accept an implant. Plus, she ensures that the patient is in good oral health with no gum disease or extensive decay.
Additionally, patients must floss and brush diligently. Cigarettes jeopardize dental implant longevity just as they cause other oral and systemic health issues. The doctors encourage smokers to abstain for three full days, or 72 hours, before and after implant surgery to help the healing process. If possible, implant recipients should take the opportunity to quit altogether.
Contact Your Scarborough Dentist
Dr. Samantha Amaro is the best source of information on this ideal tooth replacement option. Why not contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today to arrange a dental implant consultation? Look forward to a complete and healthy smile.
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