Did You Know? Dental Implants Are a Permanent and Natural Looking Replacement for Lost Teeth
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are made of titanium posts that are capped with durable, attractive artificial teeth. The implants are surgically placed to your jaw bone, similar to natural tooth roots, making them extremely tough and stable. They perform like natural teeth allowing you to chew foods that you love, smile with ease, and speak with confidence. Dental implants may help preserve the health of your jaw and mouth as compared to other tooth replacement options.
Dental implant surgery is, of course, surgery and is best performed by a trained surgeon with specialized education and training, like Dr. McGann. A 2014 study suggests greater implant success rates when performed by a dental specialist. At McGann Facial Design, we guarantee our dental implants for life. If the implant post fails, Dr. McGann will replace it without a charge. We are confident in the predictable success of our implants.
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The Benefits of Dental Implants
• Implants can help restore your confidence
• They are a strong, permanent solution to lost teeth
• They will not slip, be noisy, slur speech or affect surrounding teeth
• With implants, people talk normally, eat foods they love, and benefit from preserving the health of adjacent teeth and the jaw bone
• Implants require no additional adhesives or care, other than regular dental hygiene
Types of Dental Implants
The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe:
~ Endosteal Implants — these dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically shaped like small screws, cylinders or plates, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
~ Subperiosteal Implants — these dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who have a shallow jawbone and cannot or do not want to undergo a procedure to rebuild it.
The Dental Implant Process
In general, a permanent foundation or post, similar to a natural tooth root, is anchored in the jaw. Durable, artificial teeth cap the post creating a strong, solid base for chewing and an attractive, natural smile. As with any surgical procedure, steps are taken to minimize pain and ensure comfort including the use of anesthesia and pain medications.
Risks and Disadvantages
Dental implants are not a quick fix. Replacing lost teeth with implants is a process that requires oral surgery and several visits to your dentist. As with any surgery there are risks, including infection or injury to surrounding tissue. Dental implants may not be right for people with certain chronic disorders or other conditions. They also require healthy gums and good bone structure. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the risks with you.