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Characteristics of Modern Implants

Dental Implant illustrationWhen you have missing teeth, dental implants are the best option for restoring your smile. Their minimally-invasive design trumps conventional restorations like fixed bridges and partial dentures.

They’re Non-Invasive to Teeth

Having an implant placed is healthy for your smile, because it eliminates the need for treatments on adjacent teeth. Restorations like bridges mean permanently altering your tooth structure, weakening your teeth that wouldn’t otherwise need a restoration. As those bridges wear out and need to be replaced, additional tooth structure is removed.

With an implant, you’re able to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible.

Implants are Permanent

When an implant is set into your bone, it triggers a process called “osseointegration.” During this time, new bone forms around the ribbed texture of the implant and permanently fuses it into your mouth. Full integration ensures a stable implant that can support a number of different fixed restorations. Nearly all implants are expected to last for life.

Treat Them Like Natural Teeth

You won’t need any special tools or oral hygiene aids to keep your smile clean. Just brush and floss dental implants the same you would your other teeth. If you have a fixed multi-tooth restoration (like a bridge) be sure to use a floss threader or water flosser to clean underneath.

Implants are Stronger

Did you know that an implant can support more weight than teeth? Most implants are made from titanium, which is extremely durable. It’s frequently used in medical procedures such as joint replacement. Its strength makes them capable of supporting full-arch restorations on top of as few as four implants total.

Different Designs Available

Depending on your situation and which dentist you’re seeing, implants come in other designs such as “mini” and ceramic. These options work in situations where there may not be enough space for a full implant, or if a portion of the restoration is visible when you smile. If you’ve ever been told that implants aren’t an option, it may be time for a second opinion.

Are Implants Right for You?

Schedule a consultation and exam with our dentists to find out if you qualify for this revolutionary treatment option. A variety of financing options are available! Contact us today to learn more.

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