Restore Your Smile With Dental Implants
posted: Feb. 20, 2020.
Has gum disease left you with gaps in your smile? If tooth loss is happening to you, no doubt you are feeling upset and self-conscious. You aren’t alone. Millions of Americans are missing at least one permanent tooth, if not several. If this sounds like you, our Russellville, AR, dentists Dr. Richard Morgan and Dr. Jennifer Young are here to help.
A dental implant is a small screw or post made from a biocompatible metal such as titanium that is embedded into the jawbone where your tooth used to be. What makes implants so successful is osseointegration, a naturally occurring process in which the bone and tissue fuse together with the metal post over several months.
Replacement tooth roots that act like the real thing and provide a stable foundation from which to support your false teeth (the part of the restoration that you will actually see).
So, what makes implants so popular with patients living in and around Russellville, AR? For one, there is no other tooth replacement like it. Here are some cool facts about dental implants,
- They have a very high success rate! Since implants are the only tooth replacement that actually integrates with bone and tissue this greatly boosts its success rate. Once osseointegration is complete, a dental implant has around a 98 percent success rate. With proper oral hygiene and care, your implant could last a lifetime.
- Since your implant is made from artificial materials you won’t have to worry about your implant ever getting a cavity. While this is certainly something to celebrate it is still important that you provide your restoration with proper care and maintenance. You don’t have to provide it with special treatment but you should keep it as clean as the rest of your natural teeth. Remember to brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist for routine checkups twice a year.
- An implant can also prevent the majority of complications that occur as a result of untreated tooth loss. By placing a dental implant as soon as possible after losing or extracting a tooth, this provides the bone with the exact stimulation it needs to remain strong. Untreated tooth loss will eventually result in significant bone loss, which can impact the overall shape of your face and cause wrinkles, sagging and structural changes.
Whether you have questions about dental implants or you want to sit down with our family dentists in Russellville, AR to discuss your candidacy for implants, Ashcraft Morgan Young Dental is here to serve you. Book an appointment with us by calling (479) 968-1470.