Despite advances in dental therapy, millions of people continue to lose teeth, most of which result from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or accidents. For a long time, the only treatment options available to patients who had missing teeth were a dental bridge and dentures. Recently, however, dental implants have become available.

What are Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the mouth. A sturdy foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable tooth replacements that are custom-made to match your original teeth is provided by dental implants.

 A dental implant procedure is a type of dental surgery in which the tooth roots of real teeth are replaced with metal posts or titanium screws. Then the natural tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth that resembles the form and function of natural teeth. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or replace teeth lost due to decay or injury. In addition to offering a permanent solution, dental implants are an ideal option for dentures and bridgework that do not fit well or when the number of natural teeth present is insufficient to support dentures or dental bridges.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Success Rate of Dental Implants

Depending on how and where the implants are placed on the jaw, success rates for dental implants can range from 80 percent to 98 percent. Implants can last a lifetime if taken care of properly with good dental hygiene practices.

Dental Implant Success Rate

Depending on how and where the implants are placed in the jaw, success rates for dental implants can range from 80 percent to 98 percent. Implants can last a lifetime if taken care of properly with good dental hygiene practices.

Who is a candidate for dental implants

You are a good candidate for dental implants if:

Would You Need a Bone Graft for Dental Implants? 

Although a bone graft or bone augmentation treatment is not always necessary, several factors can enhance your likelihood of needing this type of supplementary procedure in the future. For example, patients who have put off the decision to replace a lost tooth may discover that they have suffered severe bone loss as a result of the earlier tooth loss. As a result of this degradation, the empty region may become unsuitable for an implant.

The bone may be less likely to support dental implants in the event of other factors such as congenital disabilities, previous injuries, and advanced gum disease.

The jawbone is more prone to displaying indications of thinness or insufficiency in certain areas of the mouth than others. For example, the upper molars are often found near the floor or bottom of the upper sinuses, depending on their position. Because the sinus is a hollow place in the skull, it is possible that the surrounding bone is not deep or dense enough to support a long-lasting implant. Before inserting the implant, your surgeon may choose to augment the surrounding area in order to increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Some patients may be hesitant to agree to bone grafting because it will add a few months to their overall treatment timeframe. Although it is unlikely in most cases, the bone transplant and the healing period that will follow will be a worthwhile investment of your time, allowing you to get the most out of your dental implants. In those instances where it is necessary, dental implant placement may not always necessitate bone grafting, but it can considerably improve the patient’s chances of successful treatment.

Only your surgeon can assess whether or not you require a bone graft, which is frequently done with the help of specialised imaging technologies.

Final Thoughts

Implants are a great way to replace missing teeth without compromising on quality or function. At Ashburton Dental Centre, we offer dental implant solutions for patients who have lost multiple teeth due to decay, injury, disease, trauma, or infection. 

Our experienced team of dentist will evaluate your situation and determine whether this implant treatment option is right for you based on several factors, including your health status and oral health goals. From determining if an implant is appropriate for your case until aftercare dental visits when implants need maintenance work over time, we will walk you through every step of the process. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us today and book an appointment with one of our dentists at Ashburton Dental Centre.

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