Dental implants have often suffered a bad reputation, yet they are rapidly rising to become one of the country’s leading tooth replacement options. Our expert team at Glen Lake Family Dentistry offers you world-class service in the field of dental implants and strives to make your journey towards a beautiful smile a gratifying experience.
A dental implant is essentially an artificial root that your dentist surgically places in your gums around the area of your missing tooth. This artificial root serves as a base for the placement of the crown that will eventually take the place of your missing tooth.
Types of Dental Implants:
A dental implant is a post that resembles a screw in appearance. Depending on the number of teeth missing, your dental surgeon will surgically place one or more implants in appropriate locations of your jaw bone. These are known as Endosteal implants.
Other times, your dental needs may require the placement of a metal framework that, unlike endosteal implants, is not drilled into your jawbone but simply attached to the bone underneath the gums. Such implants are known as Subperiosteal implants and are required in cases of bone loss.
Dental implants have traditionally always been made of metal; most commonly, titanium, which is one of the most biocompatible metals. Recent advances have allowed the development of ceramic dental implants that are rapidly gaining an advantage over more conventional materials.
Why Dental Implants are the Best Option for your Missing Tooth
Dental implants are very cost-effective:
Patients are often apprehensive about the relatively large costs associated with a dental implant procedure. While there is no denying that implant placement isn’t the cheapest option, it definitely is the most lucrative alternative. Unlike conventional teeth replacement options like bridges and dentures, dental implants offer the best opportunities in terms of long-term value. A well-performed procedure and appropriate post-operative care ensure that the chances of an implant failure become negligible.
Dental implant procedures are safe:
Knowing that any kind of tooth replacement may require surgery that can put off even the most resilient of people. However, the surgery involved in the placement of an implant is a minor out-patient procedure that allows patients to go home on the same day. Your dental surgeon will take all necessary steps with regard to infection-control and sanitation while performing your procedure. After a waiting period of 3-6 months, your dentist will recall you for the placement of the crown on your implant. On average, dental implants require 2 or 3 appointments spread over a period of a few months to a year.
Dental implants are the closest replacement to your natural tooth:
Nothing will beat the use and feel of your real teeth, but rest assured that dental implants come in a close second. Not only do they resemble natural teeth to an appreciable extent, but it has also been noted that patients with implants are able to perceive sensations while eating much as their real teeth do. While teeth replacements like bridges and removable dentures can prove to be a disadvantage because of their impermanent nature, implants are fixed securely to your jaws and are not affected by activities like chewing or talking.
At Glen Lake Family Dentistry, we take pride in providing our patients the best in dental care and offer services that suit all their dental needs. Feel free to get in touch with Dr. Olson and our brilliant staff who are always available to answer any queries you may have about dental implants and whether you are a suitable candidate for the same.