Are Dental Implants Safe?
Patients considering dental implant treatment often have concerns about the safety of the procedure and the materials used, particularly the use of titanium screws or posts in the jawbone. The idea of having a foreign object inserted into the body can be unsettling for some people. Our dentist at Jon C. Packman DDS wants to assure you that titanium dental implants are safe. In fact, titanium has been used in other areas of medicine for decades with great success. In addition to that, dental implants have a 95 percent overall success rate, and they work very similarly to normal teeth.
How Dental Implants Work
When you lose a tooth due to trauma, gum disease, or decay, the jawbone is no longer stimulated, and it will start to shrink. As they shrink, your face can sag and you may appear older than you actually are. Dentures and traditional bridges fill the space that is left by the missing tooth. However, they do not stimulate the jawbone and it will continue to shrink.
Your dentist can place a dental implant to replace the actual tooth roots. Implants stimulate the jawbone, and you will have good jawbone health moving forward. Implants are made of titanium materials which is a tiny post that is implanted by the dentist surgically. When the implant site heals, the post will fuse with the bone, providing a strong anchor for tooth restorations. After the patient completely heals, then the doctor connects abutments which are used to secure a denture, bridge, or a crown.
Single Tooth Implants
If you lost a single tooth, whether from gum disease or decay, your doctor can replace it using a single dental implant. This is a small, titanium screw that replaces the missing tooth root structure. After some time, the implant will fuse with the bone. With proper care, a single tooth implant can last a lifetime.
Multiple Tooth Implants
In case you have several missing teeth, your dentist can place individual dental implants on each space or if you have a missing tooth in a row, they can use two implants to support three or more teeth.
Advantages of Having Dental Implants
For many patients, there are numerous benefits that they have gained after receiving a dental implant procedure. Dental implants restore the natural appearance of your teeth, giving you a more attractive and confident smile. What’s more, implants can allow you to chew, smile, and speak more naturally, as they function just like your natural teeth. They are designed to be long-lasting and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. Implants are typically more comfortable than dentures, as they do not slip or shift in the mouth. Above all, implants do not require the same level of maintenance as dentures and do not need to be removed for cleaning.
Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, implants can offer health, lifestyle, and cosmetic benefits. If you are interested in dental implants, our dentist at Jon C. Packman DDS has years of experience placing dental implants and is ready to assist you to reclaim the smile you love. Contact us today at (704) 978-7060 to schedule a consultation.