Facts about Dental Implants
More than two-thirds of American between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one tooth. If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, you have many options for replacement. Only one of these options closely mimics the natural structure of your teeth, however: dental implants.
The use of dental implants can be traced back nearly 1,500 years ago when shells were implanted into the jawbone of a Mayan woman. Dentistry has come a long way since then, and modern dental implants have been shown to be safe and effective. The screw-like tooth root is made of titanium, which is highly biocompatible, and is designed to fuse with the jawbone. Porcelain crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implant once it has fused with the bone. Only dental implants stimulate bone growth and preserve natural bone density like your own teeth, which makes them the healthiest restoration option for most patients.
Although dental implants do not decay, your natural teeth are still susceptible to decay, and your gum tissue can still become infected. Brush after meals, floss daily and visit our dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings for the best results.
Not all dentists are equally qualified when it comes to implant dentistry. Dentists with American Academy of Implant Dentistry credentials have undergone intensive training, demonstrated competence in the successful placement of dental implants and met stringent national standards.