It may surprise you, but 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. By age 74, about a quarter of all adults has lost all of their permanent teeth.
If you have missing teeth and are considering dental implants, Visage Surgical Institute in Cleveland has put together this information on dental implants to help you learn more.
Dental Implant Facts
A few decades ago the only solutions to replace permanent teeth were fixed bridges or removable dentures.
Today, patients with missing permanent teeth have the option of dental implants, which are long-term replacements that are surgically attached to the jawbone.
You can avoid the potential problems that used to come with having “false teeth” with dental implants:
- Dental implants never slip
- Dental implants never decay
- Dental implants fuse with the jawbone, so bone loss is usually not a problem
- Dental implants can last a lifetime, if cared for properly
Dental Implant Surgery in Cleveland
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The metal anchors act as root substitutes, and the bone bonds with the titanium to create a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
Typically the process takes two surgical procedures. During the first, the implants are placed in the jawbone. Then for about three to six months after surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums bonding with the jawbone. During this time, you can wear a temporary crown.
Once the implant bonds to the jawbone, the second procedure can be done. During this procedure, the artificial tooth is surgically fixed to the implant with a connector post.
If you have missing, decayed or injured teeth, Visage Surgical Institute in Cleveland invites you to learn more about dental implants.
Source: American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons