Over the last few decades, dental implants have truly revolutionized the way we replace missing teeth. At Oral Solutions NW, we specialize in dental implant surgery because we want our patients to have access to the best possible restorations. Due to their many benefits, implants have become the gold standard in restorative dentistry.
Why Are Implants so Successful?
Implant treatment has a success rate of upwards of 95%. To understand why you must first understand how implants work. It all begins with relatively minor surgery.
During your surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Crowley will place the implant post underneath the gums and into your jawbone. Most implant posts are made from titanium due to the transition metal’s unique ability to fuse with living bone. The fusion process is known as osseointegration.
Osseointegration can take anywhere from six months to over a year, depending on the number of implants you receive. Once the process is complete, the implant will mimic the function of a tooth’s root. Thanks to this powerful bond with the bone, your implant-supported restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Due to improvements in technologies and techniques, implants can be used to support a wide variety of restorations. A single implant serves as the root component of a dental crown. If you are missing multiple teeth, we can place a series of implants to support a larger restoration. Implants can even be used to anchor full-arch appliances, such as complete bridges and overdentures. A full-arch implant restoration is usually a more comfortable, durable, and effective alternative to traditional dentures.
Most implant-supported restorations are fabricated using the most aesthetically-pleasing materials available today, typically porcelain or zirconia. These ceramic compounds can be colored, textured, and shaped to match the appearance of natural teeth. They even possess the same light-reflective properties as natural tooth enamel. In other words, your implant-supported restoration will be virtually indistinguishable from any surrounding teeth.
Maintaining Dental Implants
Because implant posts become a part of your jaw, they can be treated just like your natural teeth. You should be able to maintain your restoration with regular brushing and flossing. Routine exams and professional cleanings are also an important part of proper maintenance.
Thanks to osseointegration, your new implant post should last for several decades before it needs repair or replacement. With the proper care, your implant could even last a lifetime! The durability and longevity of implants are unmatched by other replacement options.
Unlike removable appliances, your fixed restoration will never slip or falter under pressure. This allows you to eat your favorite foods without worrying about embarrassing slips or damaging your appliance. Implants make chewing, speaking, and smiling much more comfortable and convenient.
Implants and Your Oral Health
One of the most important benefits of dental implants involves your long-term oral health. The implant post provides physical stimulation to the jawbone that prevents atrophy and deterioration. No other replacement solution keeps your jaw healthy and strong.
Unlike traditional bridges and partial dentures, implants do not rely on your surrounding teeth for support. Restorations that do depend on teeth can increase your risk of structural damage and decay. Your implant-supported restoration will help your smile stay healthy and beautiful for years to come!
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If you are missing one or more teeth, you too could benefit from dental implants! Call (971) 447-0164 to schedule your consultation appointment today!