Life expectancy is longer than ever, but can teeth keep up with this expectation? In most people’s lifetime, the answer to this question will be “No!” Even with regular dental for checkups, brushing and flossing of teeth. The truth is that your teeth do an awful lot of work for your every day and go through a lot of punishment. The extensive wear and tear they go through while chewing and clenching daily can easily lead to a chipped or lost tooth. Luckily for us, it is simple to replace one or many teeth with the use of modern dental implants to bring your oral health and smile back.
A dental implant is actually more of a synthetic tooth root. Implants resemble the shape of posts and are surgically implanted at the site of the lost tooth (or teeth) into the jawbone. They are almost always made of titanium. This is due to titanium’s ability to grow into human bone without causing any adverse effects. This is primarily why titanium is used in bone replacement surgeries such as knee and hip replacements. Once the implant is in place, a replacement tooth is fixed to it. This replacement tooth can be made to be either removable or permanently attached; however, most dental specialists agree that permanent teeth are much stronger and feel more natural.
Implants are quite versatile. They can be used to fix one lost tooth, several in a row or even an entire mouth! They are also extremely durable. While old tooth restoration techniques such as dentures and bridges are still used, implants are known to be much more strong and stable. Implants are expected to last the rest of your lifetime while giving you a strong, permanent bite. Dentures are removable, which makes them more unstable, while bridges are only expected to last between seven to ten years.
We offer a variety of implant services here at Loop Dental. They include autogenous bone grafting, sinus lift augmentation, implant site development, implant maintenance services and computer-enhanced treatment planning. Feel free to contact us about any of these services or for questions you may have about dental implants!