Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, you are in the company of millions of American adults suffering from tooth loss. In addition to the toll that an incomplete smile can take on your self-esteem and quality of life, tooth loss can also damage your oral and general health. No matter how old you are or how long you've been living with tooth loss, it's never too late to get your smile and oral health back on track. Here at Southwest Dental, our dentists recommend dental implants for healthy adults looking for a complete and comprehensive solution to tooth loss—read on to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Q: What exactly are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are multipart restorations that consist of the implant itself (a titanium piece that effectively replaces the lost root) and a cosmetic crown, which is attached to the implant with an abutment in order to stay securely in place. Not only does an implant provide a secure anchor for the crown, it also helps to prevent the bone tissue in your gums from eroding over time. While this may not initially seem very important, bone loss is in fact a major side effect of tooth loss and a major risk factor for gum disease and the overall stability of your teeth.
Q: How do dental implants work?
A: After a comprehensive dental exam to determine if implants are right for you, the dentist will surgically place the implant in the socket of the missing tooth. Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration. After the fusion is complete, the cosmetic crown is attached to the implant at a later date when the implant has healed and fully integrated into the gums.
Q: Is treatment often successful?
A: With good oral hygiene and follow up dental care, implants have a very high success rate of 95%.
Find a Dentist in Racine, WI
For more information about dental implants and other tooth replacement options, contact Southwest Dental Group today by calling (262) 632-3156 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.