With a 95% success rate over the last 50 years, implant dentistry is now available to all patients and represent a safe, predictable option to restore the natural dentition. An implant, combined with a crown, serves as an artificial tooth that will look, feel and function just like your natural teeth!
Thanks to our advanced understanding of osseo-integration (how implants become one with the bone) and advancements in dental products, you can now have the dental surgery for an implant and receive the related crown during the same visit. This single stage implant technique involves a two-step process in which we first take all records including pictures, X-Rays, and impressions, and second we place the implant and crown.
Implants are made of titanium alloy, which unlike natural teeth, cannot decay. However, implants do require lifelong maintenance like the natural dentition, and without meticulous home care, loss of supporting bone may occur due to chronic bone inflammation and lead to the loss of the dental implant, much like the loss of natural tooth due to gum disease.
Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. Loss of bone is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
If you have more questions about dental implants, call Papillon Dental Care in Upper Marlboro, MD at 301-773-5700.