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What Are Dental Implants?
Think of dental implants as hardware designed to fit and function in your mouth like normal teeth. Dental implants can be put in place of a single lost tooth and dental implants can also be used for multiple tooth replacement during more intensive procedures like smile restorations.
As strong as our teeth are normally, it’s important to understand that tooth loss can occur during an accident or from failing to practice healthy dental habits like brushing and flossing on a regular and consistent basis.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information asserts that dental implant prevalence among adults with missing teeth has substantially increased since the 1990s and will continue to do so as we move into the 2020s.
The actual dental implant is a screw-like piece of hardware that is deftly placed in the jawbone, acting as an artificial tooth root. Over time the implant will bond to the bone naturally. A connector (also called an abutment) is placed over the implant which connects to a crown that looks identical to a natural tooth.
This modern style of dental implant has been utilized in the industry for over 30 years, which has helped make the dental implant procedure one of the safest (and also one of the most predictable) in all of dentistry. There are over 3 million people in the United States who have had successful dental implant procedures performed on them, and around 500,000 dental implant procedures are performed annually.
Dental implants are not simply done for aesthetic purposes, either. Dental implants act as a natural tooth, helping to stimulate the jaw bone when you bite down and chew food, which helps preserve your jaw structure.
Letting a lost tooth go untreated is a risky idea because it can lead to jaw deterioration, not to mention cause additional tooth loss over time, diminishing your jawline, affecting the way you speak and the way you eat.
Dr. Tamatha Pantano, DMD is one of our family dentists at Audubon Dental Center and has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years, helping us successfully execute dental implant procedures regularly, which is how we get amazing results for our patients.
Contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation. We have a long history of creating healthy, happy, and fully-functional smiles for entire families.