What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

At Portland Periodontics, Dr. Goldwyn excels at repairing the damage done to our patient’s smiles by a lifetime of wear and dental disease. Decades ago, dentures were the only option for repairing a patient’s smile. But today, dental implants offer patients an incredibly easy and affordable option for replacing one or more missing teeth.

For patients unfamiliar with dental implants, you might not be aware of what this type of dental restoration can mean for your long-term oral health.

Dental implants are artificial tooth “roots” placed in the mouth by Dr. Goldwyn that are designed to provide support for a dental prosthesis such as bridge, denture, or crown. Implants are made from incredibly durable metals, such as titanium, and are fused directly into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth.

With the improved stability and support offered by dental implants, this type of restoration provides the best option for the replacement of missing teeth for most patients.

But is a dental implant right for you? To make that determination, you’ll need to undergo an exam and oral health evaluation from Dr. Goldwyn at Portland Periodontics. This process will give Dr. Goldwyn a clear understanding of your current oral health and whether you’d make a good candidate for an implant.

Here are a few other important things that all of our patients should know about dental implants.

Implants Have a High Success Rate

The placement of a dental implant requires inserting a metal fixture into the jawbone. Whenever you introduce inorganic material into the body, there’s always a chance that the body could end up rejecting the material, causing the implant to fail. Fortunately, dental implant technology has come a long way since the procedure was first introduced.

While the success rate for a dental implant will vary depending on a number of factors, including patient health, placement, and expertise, the chance of a rejection has become fairly small. In most patients, dental implants have a 95 percent success rate. Even more comforting, a recent study found that the success rate actually improves when performed by a specialist like Dr. Goldwyn.

Implants Look and Feel Like Natural Teeth

In terms of look and feel, the only difference between a tooth and a dental implant is that one is natural while the other is artificially made. Dr. Goldwyn can expertly polish and color-match a crown or bridge so that it blends seamlessly into your smile.

Once fitted with a crown, a dental implant is designed to act like a clone of a natural tooth. By taking the place of a tooth’s root, an implant has the ability to perfectly mirror how a natural tooth functions. That improved stability also helps ensure that dentures and bridges remain firmly in place, thereby removing the chance that any embarrassing slippages could occur.

Implants Make It Easier to Eat

Unlike some other treatment options, implants enable you to eat and chew just like before. You don’t need to take special care when you eat, which means you can continue to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

Traditionally, dentures have a habit of sliding, which makes it difficult to properly chew. Even more troubling, patients with no dental replacement often have to make significant changes to their diets due to an inability to properly bite or chew. Implants can eliminate this problem so you can once again enjoy a meal the way you want.

Implants Replace the Roots of a Missing Tooth

When a tooth is removed, it creates a hole the root once occupied. Unfortunately, most dental restorations are only designed to replace the crown of a tooth, not the roots itself. Implants, however, are different. Implants are focused on the parts of the teeth that we never see, such as the roots.

The roots of our teeth act like similarly to the roots of a tree. That’s why our teeth have such incredible stability when attached to the jawbone. Implants work to simulate that stability, basically tricking the jaw into thinking the roots of a tooth are still present. This encourages the jawbone to grow new tissue around the implant, causing a natural bond to be created.

Improve the Health of Your Smile at Portland Periodontics

If you’re ready to take back your smile, then contact our office today for a dental implant consultation with Dr. Goldwyn.

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