Decades ago, the options for someone who was missing one or more teeth were limited. But in the last few decades, dental implants have become a go-to solution for patients who want a safe, long-lasting, and attractive solution for missing teeth.
If you are tired of living with holes in your smile, let the experienced team of dentists and professionals at Advanced Dental Center in Florence, SC show you how dental implants can help you keep your smile for life.
What Are Dental Implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges, a dental implant replaces the entire tooth including the root.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that serves as a permanent base for replacement teeth. A dental implant is a long-lasting, completely secure option because it is made of medical-grade titanium. The implant is placed in your jaw bone and over time, fuses to the bone.
Together, the implant and its bond with the jaw bone work as a strong and durable base for a new tooth. That means you never have to worry about slippage or other movements like you sometimes do with dentures. And because the dental implant functions just like a natural tooth, there is no need to follow a special diet or worry about having to repair or replace them regularly.
There are three parts to a standard dental implant: the implant, the abutment, and the crown. The implant looks a lot like a screw and serves as the root for your new tooth. The implant is what fuses to your jaw. The abutment is the connector that supports and holds the replacement tooth or set of teeth in place. The crown is the replacement tooth that is visible above your gumline. Most often, dental crowns are made of zirconium or porcelain.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even a full set of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Because it works much like a real, natural tooth, there are many advantages to choosing a dental implant to replace a missing tooth including:
- Long-lasting – A dental implant can last a lifetime if cared for properly
- Highly successful – Dental implants have a success rate of 95-98%
- Natural-looking appearance – A dental implant looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth
- Better oral health – Dental implants do not increase your risk of tooth decay or tooth sensitivity because the implant seamlessly fuses to your jawbone
- Improved jawbone strength – Implants improve the strength of your jawbone by preventing atrophy that may occur as the result of a missing tooth
If you are ready to restore your smile, call our office at 843-627-4076 or contact us online. We will get you scheduled for an appointment as soon as possible. During your initial consultation, we can discuss your option and find out if dental implants are the right solution for you. Our team at Advanced Dental Center is ready to work with you to ensure you can smile brightly and confidently, just like you deserve.