Dental implants are a highly successful and reliable treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth. In fact, they boast a 90% success rate. The reason is that implants replace both your root and your tooth, and there is no other replacement option that offers these benefits. The reason that implants fail is usually because of infection, however there are advancements being made that may raise the success rate of a dental implant in Amherst to 100%.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
An implant is comprised of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that will naturally integrate with your bone. The implant is placed into your bone during a surgical procedure and then given a period of about 4 months to heal and allow it to fully assimilate with your bone. Your dentist will be monitoring the healing process, and once your implant is fully integrated, it's ready for your new tooth, or porcelain crown. Your crown is custom designed to give you all the function your were missing such as eating, chewing, smiling and talking with ease again, and it will match your teeth and complement your smile.
Implants of the Future
Testing is being done on an antibacterial coating that could be placed on the implant itself. The coating protects your bone and tissues from infection, while also accelerating the integration process to your bone, which is known as osseointegration. This is the process that creates the stable foundation for your new tooth and keeps your bone stimulated and healthy.
These new materials are still in the early phases, but are showing promise and success so far. If they do become widely used on dental implants, it could mean that they become 100% successful, making them an even more sound investment in your oral health.
Are Implants Right For Me?
Dr. Kenneth Edwards can determine if implants are the right treatment for your needs with an examination and x-rays. He'll be looking to see if you have enough healthy bone structure to support the implant, and if your mouth is in good overall health. There may be some treatments to complete before getting a dental implant such as a thorough cleaning and any outstanding treatment like a dental filling or crown. A healthy mouth builds a stable foundation to support an implant.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants and how they can help you? Give us a call today to schedule your consultation.