Do you remember that TV show about Steve Austin the bionic man and how they were able to rebuild him because they had the technology to give him new body parts that would make him better than he was?
Well, in the decade since that show first aired, dentistry has come up with a replacement for missing teeth that is positively bionic. It’s called the dental implant and it’s arguably the most important dental technology to date.
Let’s take a closer look at this remarkable innovation that unlike Steve Austin’s new legs only requires a minor in-office surgical procedure.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces the root part of your missing tooth and is positioned inside your jawbone just as natural tooth roots are. Attached to the implant is a connecting piece called an abutment which is capped by a lifelike prosthetic crown.
Working together, these precision parts form a tooth replacement system that offers unparalleled advantages. Besides replacing a single tooth, dental implants can also be used to support a group of teeth or a full set of teeth. They can even support and stabilize removable dentures.
Best of all, implants help prevent the loss of surrounding bone. This type of bone loss is inevitable when you lose even one tooth, much less multiple teeth. As tooth loss increases, so does bone loss. Losing bone decreases support of your facial structures and can make you look older than you are.
The longer a tooth is missing, the greater the deterioration. This can make placing implants more difficult though not impossible thanks to a relatively routine procedure known as bone grafting, a technique that can regenerate bone where it has been lost to ensure the success of your implant.
Bone loss can actually be halted by dental implants. That’s because the implant actually fuses to the bone, becoming one with it over a period of weeks or months. Once fully integrated, dental implants can last a lifetime, saving you money and time in the dental chair over the long term. In fact dental implants are the most reliable and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth, achieving success rates of over 95 percent.
You deserve today’s best tooth replacement technology. Make an appointment today to learn more about restoring your smile with dental implants.