Dental implants are basically artificial tooth roots. These implants are placed in, and then fuse to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth, bridge, or even to attach dentures. Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed and the health status of the patient but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, these implants can last a lifetime.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In some cases, bone or soft tissue grafts may be necessary. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene. We will take all the necessary information into consideration and inform you whether or not you would be a candidate for dental implants.
Surgery is necessary to prepare and place the dental implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant biologically connect, or ‘osseointegrate’ with your bone. Like any restoration, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.