Decades ago, the only remedy to losing a tooth – or teeth – were removable dentures or a fixed
bridge. And we all know the trouble we have to go through to maintain them, not to mention the
complete discomfort. Then comes dental implants, a great breath of fresh air that helped
millions of people feel more confident and overall happier with their smile.

 

So what exactly is a dental implant?

 

As told by the Academy of General Dentistry , a dental implant is an artificial tooth “root”
artificially placed in your mouth to support a dental prosthesis such as a crown, denture or
bridge. It is made from titanium metal and it fuses around the jawbone serving as a root for the
missing tooth.

This is by presently the best – and one of few long-term options for tooth replacement.
But is it right for you? At Heron Park Dental, our professionals will explain everything to you and
make sure you know all options, before helping you make your next decision. We thrive on
making sure all of our patients are fully briefed on all procedures, before recommending
treatment.
So if you still have all of your teeth, more power to you; I hope you get to keep them! But if you –
like many people- have lost a tooth (or teeth) as a result of an accident or the tooth fairy, here
are a few things you must know about dental implants, especially if you are planning on getting
one.

1. Dental implant procedures have a high success rate

Although not exactly a conversation starter, do ask around. You’ll be surprised at how many
people actually have dental implants. Can’t tell? That’s the point. They look exactly like real
teeth! Success rate of dental implant procedures vary depending on the dental health of the
individuals, where in the jaw the implants are placed and the expertise of the person who
carried out the procedure. But generally, dental implants have a success rate of up to 95%.

2. Implants look and feel natural

When it comes to appearance and feel, the only difference between dental implants and real
teeth is that it is not real teeth. They are customized to look, feel and fit exactly like all the other
teeth in your dental collection.
If you will, it is a perfect clone of the missing tooth – more so if the procedure was performed by
a dental specialist. It gets its natural feel from the fact that it is fused to your bone. Special care
is also taken in the design of the crown to ensure that it is almost not distinguishable from your
teeth.

3. Implants make eating easier

Unlike other dental treatment options, implants enable you to enjoy a most natural and
satisfying chewing experience. You do not have to take special care when eating.
Are you hungry? No worries, just eat.
Traditional dentures often slide, making it difficult for you to enjoy chewing. Dental implants
function like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods without any extra effort
or sensation of pain.
Speaking of teeth sensitivity, the bite force you can apply when eating is almost the same as
that of a person with a complete set of teeth. It is most definitely allows better bite force than a
person with traditional dentures can afford.

4. Implants serve as a replacement for the roots of your missing tooth

When you lose a tooth, it creates a void where the root was situated. Unfortunately, most tooth
replacement options only focus on replacing the crown of the teeth. But at Heron ParK Dental,
implants also focus on the parts of the teeth that cannot be seen – namely the roots, or the
sub-level.
The roots of your teeth are anchored to your jaw, that is why they can hold it in place – much like
the roots of a tree. With the implants are put such that they make contact with the bone, tricking
it into thinking thinking that the root of the teeth is present. This encourages it to grow new
tissue around the implant, thereby creating a natural bond between bone and metal.
Without the dental implant in the root position, you will lose jawbone mass and density over
time.

5. Implants can help protect healthy teeth

When you lose a tooth, one of the most widely used teeth replacement option has been the
dental bridge. Often times, this involves cutting of some parts of adjacent healthy teeth to
ensure proper balance of the dental bridge.Thanks to dental implants, we can now position a
crown or a bridge on the dental implant itself. Other teeth do not need to suffer because of the
plight of one.

Dental implants are a way of ensuring that healthy teeth stay healthy by living them alone while
still providing a foundation in your jawbone to support whatever dental prosthesis you are
affixing and hold it firmly in place.

You need to have all the information necessary to make the best decision possible. While
dentists and other institutions may make claims that they perform dental implant procedures,
you want to ensure you are getting the best, and these questions will help you make that
determination. The best option can be found in extensive experience and knowledge, and when
you select a trained oral surgeon, you get both! If you still have questions, or you are ready to
come in and meet our skilled team, please feel free to contact Heron Park Dental and schedule
a consultation.