If you have missing teeth, dental implants offer a permanent solution. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implants offer protection for your long-term oral health. We feature attractive implant solutions for patients who are missing one tooth, several teeth, or even a full arch.
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement tooth that’s secured using a titanium post that’s placed directly in your jaw. The implant supports an attractive crown that’s custom-made to blend in with the rest of your smile. Through a process called osseointegration, the implant will form a secure bond with your jaw to provide you with exceptional comfort and chewing power.
Restoring your smile with dental implants is a three-step process that typically takes between three and six months to complete. The first step is your initial consultation with Dr. Herman, who will determine if dental implants are the ideal solution for your smile. Next, he’ll place your implant fixture and attach a temporary restoration. After allowing a few months for your mouth to heal, you can return to our office for your final restoration.
Thanks to advances in technology, more patients can receive dental implants than ever before. During your consultation with Dr. Herman, he’ll examine the state of your jaw and gums to determine if they can support dental implants. In some cases, Dr. Herman recommends one or more supplemental procedures to prepare you for implant surgery. Common supplemental procedures include bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation.
There are three main parts that make up a dental implant. The first is the implant fixture, which takes the place of the missing tooth root. This piece is always made from titanium, a biocompatible material that allows the implant to properly fuse with your jawbone.
The connecting piece is called an abutment and it can be made from a variety of materials, though some implant providers choose to use titanium in order to match it to the fixture. The restoration is usually made from porcelain, though cubic zirconia is rising in popularity.
In some circumstances, your insurance will cover a portion of the implant treatment, but this largely depends on how the tooth was lost. You’ll want to discuss treatment options with your insurance provider in order to find out how much, if any, of the treatment is covered.
The implant fixture is extremely durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. The restoration that’s secured to the top of your implant typically lasts seven to ten years before needing to be replaced.
According to the Dental Implant Guide, the long-term success rate of treatment with dental implants is 95%. This means that your dental implants have a 95% chance of lasting over 40 years, making them the longest lasting tooth replacement currently available.
Caring for a dental implant is actually very simple. In fact, you can care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Just be sure to brush them twice per day, and floss at least once per day.
This basic oral care routine, along with attending your bi-yearly cleanings and checkups, is all that’s required to keep your implant in top shape.
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