Dental implants are a common dental reconstructive technique used by an implant dentist to restore missing teeth and so preserve a patient’s smile and bite. Having a complete set of teeth not only enhances a person’s appearance, it also has practical benefits when it comes to biting, chewing and even speaking.
Implant treatment involves an implant dentist placing a small titanium support rod into the patient’s gum tissue to connect to the patient’s jawbone. Over a period of time, the titanium fuses with the jawbone to provide strength and stability to the implant, and the titanium pillar is then fitted with a dental crown to finish off the treatment and restore the natural look of the patient’s teeth.
Having a complete set of teeth not only enhances a person’s appearance, it also has practical benefits when it comes to biting, chewing and even speaking.
Not only does the treatment help to preserve the patient’s biting and chewing capabilities – which can be reduced through missing teeth – it can also help to preserve speech, which can alter naturally due to changes in pronunciation through gaps left behind by missing teeth. Untreated gaps in teeth can also lead to degradation of the jawbone, which can spread and affect otherwise healthy teeth, making them feel loose and further compromise the teeth’s functions.
Unlike dentures, which is another common reconstructive technique, dental implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth, and the success rate of dental implants is typically very high. Unlike dentures, which can be easily broken or damaged, dental implants can withstand much greater pressures, allowing the wearer to eat the foods they love with much less chance of breakage.
Dental implants can fail, although instances of failure are fairly rare, and those undergoing treatment can expect their dental implants to last for a long time. There are some factors which may affect the success rate of the treatment, such as the position of the implant – upper teeth or lower teeth, as well as the location of the tooth the implant is to replace. The quality and mass of the patient’s existing jawbone, whether natural or grafted bone, can also have a bearing on the implant’s success rate.
All in all, the success rate of dental implants despite these factors falls around the 95% percent mark, and with proper aftercare, there are few reasons why the likelihood of success can’t be raised even further.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants in Chicago Illinois, contact ORA Dental Studio at 312-328-9007.