For those who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be the best solution to regaining a bright, beautiful smile. Dental implants look, feel, and function just like real teeth. With an incredibly high success rate, this treatment is the most reliable replacement for damaged or missing teeth.
A dental implant is a metal post – usually made from titanium – that is surgically positioned into the jaw. Titanium is a bio-friendly material that is often used in other medical procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Once installed, your jaw will naturally grow around the implant until the two are fused. Amazingly, your dental implant will not only provide support for your new teeth, but it will also promote bone growth.
After the implant has healed, a replacement tooth will be attached to an abutment on the post. Dental implants are stronger and more reliable than other tooth replacement options. Since your implant will be attached directly to the bone, it will not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
Once your procedure is complete, your replacements will feel and act like new!
Unfortunately, situations often arise in which a person may lose a tooth or need one removed. Someone may lose a tooth due to an injury, periodontal disease, decay, or a variety of other reasons.
Leaving a gap, rather than replacing your lost tooth, can cause unnecessary strain on the rest of your mouth. Your neighboring teeth may begin to fall into the hole over time – reducing their strength and affecting your bite. In addition, your jawbone relies on tooth roots to stay healthy. Without a replacement, your jawbone may begin to weaken.
Dental implants not only restore your smile – but they also promote healthy bones and protect your natural teeth from unnecessary strain. With proper care, implants generally last 10-20 years.
To safely install dental implants, we are only able to offer this treatment to patients with healthy gums and a bone structure adequate to support the implants. The long-term success of your implant depends on how well it is taken care of and maintained. Because of this, our patients must be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits.
At Champaign Dental Group, we are committed to helping you and your family maintain a beautiful, healthy smile – for years to come. To learn more about dental implants, call our office today at 937-653-8650. We would be happy to answer any questions or schedule an appointment with you!