Looks, function and natural feel--those are just some the benefits of modern dental implants from Racine, WI dentists, Dr. David DeFurio and Dr. Stephen Norovich. Surgically inserted into the jaw bone for optimal anchorage and preservation of bone density, implants give patients who have lost one, two or even all their teeth a great way to smile again.
What is a dental implant?
It's an artificial tooth--complete with a titanium metal root that resides in the jaw bone beneath the gum line. Unlike conventional bridgework or partial dentures which only set on the gums and must be anchored to remaining teeth, the dental implant doesn't negatively impact its remaining natural neighbors. In fact, dental implants keep other teeth from drifting toward smile gaps.
Made of the titanium implant screw, a metal alloy post and lifelike porcelain crown, a dental implant actually exercises and strengthens the jaw bone each time the patient bites and chews on it. How can it do that? The reason is a process called osseointegration in which the jaw bone actively bonds to the titanium screw.
Research shows that human bone and titanium have a natural affinity for each other. So as an implant site heals and the implant is actually used, the bond between the bone and implant increases. The bone loss and gum recession which typically happens after tooth extraction halts and reverses when your dentist in Racine places a dental implant.
Other benefits of dental implants
There are many, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Long-term studies on existing dental implants indicate that about 95 percent stay in place and function for decades. In addition, once an implant is in place, it rarely requires replacement unlike conventional bridges or dentures which have a lifespan of about ten years. The longevity of dental implants translates to a lower financial implant in the long run for the patient.
On a daily basis, dental implant patients enjoy teeth that look, act and feel like the real thing. With implant-supported dentures, patients have clear speech and firm chewing whereas conventional dentures often slip, slur speech and require messy denture adhesives to stay in place. Plus, dental implants are easy to care for. Just brush and floss as though they were natural teeth to avoid plaque and tartar build-up.
Do dental implants appeal to you?
If the benefits of dental implants sound intriguing, why not set-up a consultation at Southwest Dental Group in Racine, WI? Your dentist will tell you more about the advantages of these amazing prosthetics and if you are likely candidate. Most people are! Please call the office team at (262) 632-3156 to arrange a convenient appointment.