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What Is a Dental Implant?
Dentist Cambridge, OH


Image of a dental implant at OHIOSmiles. Dental implants are effective prostheses in case you have missing teeth. At OHIOSmiles, we will provide you with all of the information you need if you want to replace your missing teeth.

What are Dental Implants?


Dental implants are titanium or zirconia posts surgically placed into your jawbone to replace the root of a lost tooth. Then, a connector piece, called an abutment, is anchored on the post. The abutment is topped with a dental crown. Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures or dental bridges. This type of tooth replacement procedure is effective because your jawbone will fuse with the post providing a secure base for your dental implant.

Who Is A Candidate For Dental Implants?


To be considered for a dental implant, your oral health should be great and the structure of your jawbone should have enough mass as well as density to support a dental implant. If you have an infection or the bone structure is not adequate, your dentist will treat the periodontal issue or recommend bone grafting beforehand.

Benefits of Dental Implants


If you have missing teeth, dental implants can be an effective and versatile replacement option. This is because dental implants can restore your ability to chew, help prevent bone loss, as well as preserve the health of the natural teeth surrounding the lost teeth.

And, unlike other treatment options such as removable dentures, dental implants are firmly attached to your jawbone and gums and thus do not require adhesives and will not interfere with your speech. The dental crowns of implants feel and look like your natural healthy teeth.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?


The success rate of your implants will be affected by multiple factors, including habits such as smoking and oral health issues like gum infections. If you opt for dental implants, you will have to conscientiously maintain your oral hygiene and avoid smoking, as smoking greatly reduces and slows the healing process. With that said, the success rate of dental implants is 95 percent.

How to Will I Care for My Dental Implants?


You will maintain your dental implants similar to how you do your natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing and visiting your dentist’s office at least twice annually for check-ups and dental cleanings. Consequently, your implants will remain infection-free and healthy.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants do not decay, but the health of your gums can impact your implants' long-term success. If you diligently take care of your oral health, you can use the implants for the rest of your life.

Can Implants Be Useful if I have Partial or Full Dentures?


Implants are often used by individuals with partial or full dentures. Dental implants can help support and retain your removable denture, which basically fits into the implants. This means, the denture won’t move and thus you will not need adhesives or glue.

Fixed dentures, too, can be attached to dental implants through titanium components. In this case, only your dentist can remove the denture from your mouth. For dental implants that will help bring back your smile, call OHIOSmiles at (740) 781-0540 today.
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