Important Facts About Dental Implants

St Louis Park dental implants If you have a missing tooth or teeth, your dentist might recommend dental implants. If they do, you must be curious about what a dental implant is, how it works, and other details. We at Excel Dentistry offer world-class dentistry treatments to our patients, which includes dental implant surgery.

Dental implants have been around for a very long time and are a proven restoration procedure in the field of dentistry. These implants are resilient, look like natural teeth, and help restore your smile, confidence, and overall health too. The best dental implants can last for decades and are very close to natural teeth in terms of bite force also. We like to make sure that our patients have complete information about the treatment procedure we recommend. Here are some important facts about dental implants:

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Dental Implant Facts

1. 3 Million People in the US Have Dental Implants

As per the American Academy of Implant Dentistry statistics, 3 million people in the US have dental implants, and this number grows at the rate of approximately 500,000 every year.

2. It Is the Most Long-Lasting and Predictable Tooth Restoration Procedure Available

Dentures, crowns, and bridges are other options to replace missing teeth. All of these prosthetics require periodic adjustments over the years. However, a dental implant is permanent. It is a standalone prosthetic that doesn’t depend on the health and condition of the adjacent teeth for stability. The procedure also has a success rate of 98%.

3. The Dental Implant Process Is Done In Three Stages

When you opt for a dental implant, the process is completed in three stages. The titanium post is first implanted carefully in the jawbone. Once the surrounding bone grows around it and holds it firmly in place, an abutment is affixed to the upper end of the post. It becomes the anchor or “post” for the final part. The crown is fitted on the abutment. Ceramic or porcelain crowns look very much like natural teeth. This prosthetic is custom designed and constructed for you, and it will fit snugly in the place where the missing tooth was.

4. A Long-Lasting Dental Restoration Option

When the implant is placed in the jawbone, the titanium ‘root’ embedded in the jawbone fuses perfectly with it, which makes dental implants very long-lasting. Since the process involves installing a root or anchor for the tooth, it is more durable than just placing a crown. It is the only restoration dentistry option that stimulates the growth of the jawbone.

5. People of Any Age Can Opt For Dental Implants

Excepting very young children, people of any age can get dental implants. If a tooth is decayed, damaged, knocked out or extracted, a dental implant can be used to replace it. Your dental surgeon will conduct a thorough exam of your mouth and determine whether your jawbone is strong enough to support a dental implant. Even if they determine that there is some jawbone loss, they might be able to add bone grafts to prepare your mouth for the implant.

6. No Cavities Can Form In a Dental Implant

The post and the prosthetic are artificial and cannot decay, which also means, a dental implant can’t develop cavities, ever! However, you still need to be very careful about maintaining dental hygiene even after a dental implant. This will keep it in good condition and help to ensure that the surrounding gum tissues and teeth stay in good condition.

If you want to know more about our dental implant or other procedures, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Excel Dentistry. You can call 952-746-3233 or use the contact us form.

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