Information on Implants

Jan 20th, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants and teethImplants are small posts that anchor dental prosthetics. A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped rod, usually made of titanium, which is placed directly into the jawbone at the site of a missing tooth. A small portion of the implant remains above the gum line. Over time, jawbone tissue will grow right up to the implant in a process known as osseointegration, anchoring it as solidly as a natural tooth root. Once osseointegration is complete, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the top of the implant. In some cases, four implants are placed to secure a denture. Implants can also anchor a bridge or partial.

What Are the Benefits of Implants?

Unlike other prosthetics, implants feel and function just like a natural tooth. They can improve chewing power and allow you to eat sticky, chewy, or crunchy foods without a problem. The prosthetic tooth attached to your implant looks and feels just like a real tooth, and care is easy.

Another consideration, when you lose a tooth, the jawbone at the site starts to deteriorate. Having an implant placed reverses the process and keeps the bone healthy and vital. Implant-supported dentures carry all the benefits of single-tooth implants and reduce the risk for many of the problems associated with removable dentures, like slippage and irritation.

Who is a Good Candidate for Implants?

Most people who have lost one or more teeth are eligible for implants. However, certain health conditions and lifestyle choices may make your implants more likely to fail. These include (but are not limited to):

Poor bone density and poor healing ability make implants prone to failure because the posts cannot not fully integrate with the jaw, and they become loose or completely dislodged. Poor oral hygiene also increases the probability of implant failure. Discuss your health and lifestyle with your healthcare team before you consider dental implants.

If you have lost one tooth or several, you may benefit from dental implants. For more information, or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Moiceanu, call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222. Our patients come from Rollingwood, Tara Hills,Vallejo,Benicia, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Pinole, Hercules, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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