What are Dental Implants?

Dental care has improved dramatically over the last century, yet still millions of Americans suffer tooth loss.  There are many causes of tooth loss, the most common of which are tooth decay, periodontal disease, or an injury. Now dental implants provide an alternative for people who suffer tooth loss.

In the past, when people experienced tooth loss, they had to get dentures or bridges.  There are many problems with dentures, falling out at the worst time for instance.  Cleaning and maintenance are difficult.  Sometimes speech and taste are affected.

Dental implants solve this issue by having metal posts surgically inserted into the jawbone.  Replacement teeth, or crowns and abutments are then mounted into these posts.   These can be colored to match your existing teeth.

Through improved techniques, dental implants have now become a viable, affordable option.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • Improved appearance. Implants look and feel like your own teeth.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures can cause your teeth to move and thus impair speech. 
  • Permanence. Since implants fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Easier eating. Dentures can make chewing difficult. Implants function like your natural teeth.  Implants do not cover the roof of your mouth and won’t affect taste.
  • Convenience. Implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.
  • Improved self-esteem. A great smile is always good for confidence and self-esteem. 
  • Improved oral health. For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your original teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Picture of a jaw with implant screws in mandible and artificial dental crowns placed on top
Dental Implants Explanation

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How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. (source: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-implants#1-4)

Interested in dental implants or have questions about the procedure or cost of dental implants?  Contact our Roanoke TX dental office today to setup a consultation for you.

  • Author: Dr. Rhea Antolin of Garden Valley Family and Cosmetic Dentistry