Dental implants are one of the biggest advancements in dentistry to arise over the last few decades. There are many kinds of dental implants which are in turn used to address a variety of oral health issues, but advancements in dental implant technology have done wonders for patients, their smiles, and their quality of life. A high-quality dental implant can restore most if not all of the functions of the natural tooth, including appearance, eating/chewing, and speaking.
There are many questions around dental implants, and one of the most common is “how successful are they?” Do they work in most patients, how long do they last, and are they functional and durable? While there’s a lot to know about dental implants, let’s try to address some of those questions here.
What are Dental Implants?
In brief, a dental implant is an artificial tooth, mounted to the jaw bone by one of several methods, which replaces a lost or missing tooth and ideally restores some of its function. Modern dental implants are often implanted in the jawbone via a titanium implant to which an artificial tooth is later attached. This artificial tooth functions much like the natural tooth it replaces. This stands in contrast with traditional dentures or bridges, which require more care and caution during many daily activities. They also may be less comfortable than dental implants, requiring a longer adjustment period and more care.
How Successful are Dental Implants?
The good news is, in a suitable patient, dental implants are generally quite successful. If the titanium mount bonds with the jaw bone effectively, the rest of the implant generally goes on without incident. The success rate varies from patient to patient, but in general success rates of up to 98% are typical.
There are some issues that can arise during or after the installation of a dental implant. Infection, injury to surrounding teeth or blood vessels, and sinus issues are the most common. Your dentist will tell you what to watch out for and when to contact them should a problem arise. But again, those are uncommon and shouldn’t cause much worry for most implant recipients.
Dental implants are not only most often successful, but with proper care, they can last a lifetime just as a natural tooth can. While your dentist will tell you what’s best for you, most dental implants require the same care as a natural tooth, i.e. a regular brushing and flossing regime and regular dental exams.
Are Dental Implants for Everyone?
While dental implants can be a wonderful option, offering a life-long solution for a lost or missing tooth, they do have their limits. Not every patient or every oral health issue is suitable for a dental implant. One of the key factors in the success of a dental implant is the health of the jaw bone and the gums; dental implants may not be the right choice for patients with issues in those places. Likewise, dental implants rely on good overall oral health, so poor oral hygiene, smoking, or excess drinking may cause issues in receiving an oral implant. The good news is that other options do exist and your dentist will help you find the right one for you.
From dental implants to routine exams, Queen City Dental Arts strives to provide high-quality care that addresses the unique needs of each patient. Get in touch today and we’ll make an appointment for you as soon as possible.