If you are missing several teeth or only one tooth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. Missing teeth can weaken the jawbone, which may open the door to other dental problems. Today, dental implants are the highest standard in replacement teeth, surpassing removable dentures and fixed bridges. You should visit Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS in Asheville, NC before your jawbone starts to deteriorate.
Dental implants were a major breakthrough in dentistry in the 1990s for replacing teeth as well as preserving the health of the jawbone. This is achieved by implanting an artificial titanium screw in the jawbone. Over a few weeks or so, the bone will fuse with the artificial root so that a crown or artificial tooth can be attached to it.
Dental implants are considered the best long-term solution for replacing teeth. When you visit our specialist in Asheville, NC, you can learn more about implants and if you are a good candidate. If you have a healthy jawbone and gums, you may be a good candidate. If your bone has already started to deteriorate, you may need a bone graft before progressing with the implant.
The success rates of dental implants are very high, generally around 95 percent. Several factors contribute to the success of the implants such as the general health of the individual, the location of the implants in the jaw, and if the individual is a smoker. In most cases, smoking inhibits the healing of tissue.
Dental implants are custom-made to feel, look and fit just like the other teeth in your mouth. They will function like your natural teeth because they are fused to your bone. Implants do not decay, but they do need to be brushed and flossed and have regular dental checkups.
Unlike with removable dentures, implants allow you to eat the foods you love. You can bite an apple or chew raw carrots without worrying if your teeth will shift or come loose. Traditional dentures often move about, making it difficult to enjoy your food when eating.
With dental implants, not only the crown but the roots as well are replaced. The roots of your teeth are fixed to your jaw like the roots of a plant. Because they are made of titanium, the jawbone responds as if the root is there and the bone grows new tissue around the implant, making a natural bond of metal and bone.