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What You Should Know About Dental Implants

Technology and dentistry have always been good partners. The more technically advanced we become, the easier and more relaxing your dental experience becomes. In the last 40 years, we have seen dental implants go from obscurity to mainstream, in what might be the biggest development in dentistry recently.

What are Dental Implants?

Implants offer an effective and long term solution to missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium rod that is surgically set into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. It acts as an anchor for replacement teeth. The titanium is a great material that “blends” with the body, allowing the implant to fuse to the jawbone. In the final phase of the implant process, a prosthesis is created and attached to the implant. The process occurs over multiple visits and once complete, a natural, healthy-looking smile is restored.

Dental implants are a very successful treatment these days. Their success rate is 97%. Additionally, almost anyone is a good candidate for them. The patient should have healthy gums and enough jawbone density to hold the implant. Patients must also be committed to good oral health and care after the implants are placed. This will allow the implants to last a long time, even a lifetime.

The Future of Dental Implants

With the use of 3D imaging, you could say the future is here. The popularity of dental implants will continue to grow. Surgical procedures will continue to become more efficient. There is much speculation about the use of cells from the patient to “grow” new teeth. Scientific research is being conducted in this arena. This is still a ways off, but it is certain to keep the future of dental implants very interesting!

If you are missing teeth and considering implants, give us a ring at 847-742-4214 and get started on restoring your beautiful smile today! Learn more about our services: