Dental implants have become a very common type of dental procedure for many of our patients. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), there are more than 30 million Americans who are missing all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw. The number jumps substantially for those missing at least one tooth. For these reasons, it is no wonder why more than five million people have at least one dental implant. According to the AAID, this number continues to grow annually by 500,000.
WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A dental implant is simply a replacement tooth. It is made of the strongest material available: titanium. Dental implants, which are screwed into the jawbone, have nearly a 100 percent success rate. Since titanium is biocompatible to human bone, the body does not reject it and the bone actually accepts the material as part of itself. The bone then grows around it, securing it into place.
Dental implants are designed and constructed by our dentist to act and look exactly like the surrounding teeth. The implant color is matched to the color of the patient’s teeth so that it does not stand out. The strength and sturdiness of the replacement tooth ensures that the patient can continue to talk, smile, and chew properly and without difficulty.
Patients with dental implants should treat them as they would their original teeth. They should continue brushing twice daily and should continue to rinse and floss regularly.
WHY RECEIVE A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental implants are a true breakthrough in the science of dentistry. They have become more and more popular because of their success rate and their ability to give people their smile back. Here are some of the more common reasons our patients receive dental implants:
Missing Teeth - This is the most common reason a dental implant is placed. A missing tooth may be because the tooth never grew in, it was forcibly removed, or age. Regardless of the reason, a dental implant makes it seem as though a tooth was never missing and allows the patient to resume common oral activities with ease, such as chewing.
Bad Teeth - Genetics or tooth decay can cause problems for patients. Problematic teeth are often recommended to be removed for the betterment of the patient. When a tooth extraction procedure is conducted for this reason, a dental implant is used to replace the tooth.
SCHEDULE YOUR DENTAL IMPLANT APPOINTMENT TODAY
Receiving a dental implant is the best way to ensure you can continue to have a beautiful and healthy smile. If you are in need of a dental implant procedure, our Lake Jackson dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the problematic area to ensure a dental implant is precisely what is needed. Contact our dentist office at 979 - 297 - 5151 and schedule your free dental implant consultation today.