What Are Dental Implants?

What Are Dental Implants?

When you are in need of tooth replacement, it can be a stressful time. You may be in discomfort or feel self-conscious about your missing teeth, but at Progressive Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are here to assure you that there is a solution for every patient. Our team of professionals will guide and assist you along the way to the option that’s best suited for your lifestyle and your overall oral health.

Often, dental implants are considered the ideal tooth replacement for most patients, but it can be a big step. So if you’re trying to determine whether dental implants are right for you, here are some considerations to keep in mind as you evaluate and make your decision.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants are a surgical approach that replace teeth roots with a titanium screw-like post. They are like synthetic roots that can hold tooth replacements and are not removable- they can function just like your natural teeth. They are cared for similarly to natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing.

With an aesthetic look, feel and function that most closely matches your natural teeth, dental implants have become the preferred choice when it comes to tooth replacement. Dental implants help maintain jaw bone structure and allow you to chew the foods you were used to enjoying before your procedure. Another benefit of dental implants is that they are often only needed for the treatment of the damaged or diseased tooth, without need to compromise additional existing, healthy teeth.

Are There Different Types of Implants?

There are several different types of dental implants that can be considered, depending on the patient’s needs. The solution most commonly used is a single tooth implant wherein a metal post topped with a porcelain crown is implanted in the jaw to replace the particular damaged, diseased or missing tooth. An implant-supported bridge is an option that works well when three or more adjacent teeth are missing or must be replaced. In this case, the two outermost teeth are replaced with dental implants and then a set of porcelain teeth is attached to the outer implants.

Additionally, there are two types of dentures that are available, with each using dental implant techniques. All-on-4® Treatment, also known as Teeth in a Day®, is so named because with this approach, a complete set of upper or lower teeth is replaced with prosthetic teeth or dentures that are held in place with as few as four dental implants. And the entire procedure, including tooth extraction, implant placement and insertion of the new, non-removable teeth, can be completed within one day. Another type of dentures that employs implants is referred to as implant-retained dentures. With this procedure, a removable denture is attached directly to dental implants, providing a secure and stable result that prevents the dentures from shifting or slipping.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

With proper care, dental implants can last an average of up to 20 years and in some cases, they can last a lifetime. Implants are considered the gold standard in dental restorations for missing and failing teeth since they provide virtually all the functionality of natural teeth and prevent bone loss.  Implants are impervious to cavities, tooth decay and root canals. Depending on your initial bone status, dental implant surgery generally provides a success rate of up to 98%.

Learn More About Dental Implants

If you are ready to learn more about dental implants, contact us today. Dr. Gordon and the team at Progressive Periodontics and Implant Dentistry can help you make an informed decision by providing a thorough evaluation, reviewing your options and implementing the treatment plan that’s right for you. Call our office in Eatontown at 732-389-3400 or Howell at 732-364-2025 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.