If you’re looking for the best solution to replace your missing teeth, you can’t do better than implants. Out of the available restorations for those missing teeth, dental implants on the lower jaw offer a 95 percent success rate after the first five years, while upper jaw implants enjoy a 90 percent success rate. (The slightly lower figure for the upper jaw, or maxilla, is due to the fact that it contains less bone density in comparison to the larger lower jawbone, or mandible.)
One of the main reasons that dental implants are so successful long-term is due to the way they osseointegrate or become one with the bone and surrounding tissues. Over time, the implant is able to biologically integrate with the jawbone and this provides a stability unlike any other kind of restoration.
Studies show that having artificial titanium roots surgically inserted into the jaw allows the bone and teeth to function as close to normal in comparison to one’s original teeth. The blood flow to the jaw tissues is encouraged with every chew and bite in a similar fashion to the original teeth roots. Once osseointegration has successfully taken place, the restoration will last if proper oral health is maintained.
Brushing and flossing
Once healing has occurred, it is important to maintain a vigorous brushing and flossing routine. The artificial teeth can still trap food debris and collect plaque in a similar manner as pre-surgery. Therefore, in order to enjoy a lifetime of healthy implants, it is vital to ensure your dental routine is well managed and that regular checkups to the dentist are followed up. One would be mistaken to assume that their new artificial teeth do not require further care. Implants do not leave your mouth to sit in some fizzy concoction on the bathroom sink as per dentures of yesterday. They look, feel and function similar to your original teeth and need to be treated as such.
Don’t let cost be the only factor
Unfortunately, implants are not covered by insurance very often. Many question the higher price when it comes to this kind of restoration. An oral surgeon or well-qualified dentist with experience is needed to surgically place the titanium roots into the jawbone. Next, an abutment is attached to the root and finally the artificial tooth. While it may be tempting to visit the cheapest provider you can find. Don’t trust your smile to just anyone. There are better ways to pay for your care and still see a reputable dentist with the expertise you want.
Ask about financing assistance
Many dental offices can help patients who need financing options find a plan that will assist them. For instance, Harrell Dental Implant Center, the Charlotte area leader for dental implants, works with CareCredit, a plan that offers no-interest and low-interest loans to individuals who need financial help covering their implant procedures.
Do your homework
Schedule a free consultation with Harrell Dental Implant Center to discuss your needs and the implant options that are available to meet them. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form 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. Based on the details provided and the image, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Dr. Robert Harrell and his staff.