It is believed that Ancient Egyptians used seashells to replace missing teeth, as excavated remains have suggested. Technically then, dental implants have been around for eons. Thankfully, dentistry has come a very long way since then and today we are able to offer dental solutions that are very nearly as good as natural teeth in terms of both appearance and function.
What is dental implant therapy?
A dental implant is an artificial titanium root that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once this fixed titanium post sets in the healed bone, an artificial tooth made of dental porcelain is attached to replace the missing tooth. This is the best possible method for restoring dental appearance and function.
Titanium is used due to its ability to easily graft into the bone. The body is typically compatible and accepting of titanium so rejection is rarely an issue. Plus, as one of the strongest metals around, it is an ideal choice for providing a stable foundation for your new teeth.
What types of implants are available?
Individuals who have a gap of any sort, whether it is comprised of one tooth or many, can enjoy a flawless smile thanks to the advancements of dental implant therapy. The implants themselves come in a variety of heights and sizes such as mini, narrow and standard.
Endosteal implants: These are usually shaped like tiny screws, plates or cylinders and are inserted into the jawbone. These are the most popular kind of implant used and the type that Dr. Robert Harrell places at Harrell Dental Implant Center, the leading implant provider in the Charlotte metro area.
Subperiosteal implants: This version is placed under the gum and above the jawbone. These are often chosen for patients who have a shallow jawbone and do not wish to undergo a separate procedure to build it up.
As we’ve noted, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option. This innovative technology is far superior to traditional treatments for a variety of reasons. Let’s take a closer look at a few.
Implants are superior to dentures
Dentures are often ill-fitting and can be uncomfortable and loose to wear. They present a risk of slipping and even falling out at the most inopportune times. Dentures often rely on various substances to help hold them in place. People often have to forego their favorite foods due to their inability to chew thoroughly. Lastly, they can stain or break easily so replacement is always a possible expense.
Implants are superior to bridges
Traditional crown and bridges can leave you susceptible to decay underneath. Statistics show that they typically fail after 5 to 10 years since patients have a hard time flossing in the area of the bridge. Possibly the worst part about bridges is that they require grinding down perfectly healthy teeth to function as anchors or abutments on either side of the bridge. Over time, root surfaces under and around the bridgework can become inundated with decay and irreparable. This often leads to a loss of the teeth supporting the old bridge. In such a case, patients are faced with even more dental work than when they started. Implant bridges improve on this outdated method in every way. For example, care for your dental implant bridge is a simple as regular brushing and flossing.
Why choose dental implant therapy?
Dental implants will provide you with the closest solution to your natural teeth. They are far stronger than other teeth replacement choices, they function very much like your own teeth and they look completely natural. The lifespan of dental implants is exceptional. Teeth on either side of a bridge remain healthy and unaffected. Periodontal disease has nowhere to develop and the integrity of your jawbone remains intact. Like we said, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option. Period.
To learn more about dental implants and how they can restore your smile, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Harrell. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact link on this page to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.