When you lose a permanent tooth, finding an effective tooth replacement option is important. At Think Oral Implants and Periodontics, Dr. Ting uses dental implants to replace missing teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury. Tooth loss can make someone feel self-conscious about their smile. Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements for the root and crown of a tooth. They are surgically placed directly into the jawbone. These natural-looking replacements allow patients to enjoy all the benefits of restored oral health immediately. After a healing process known as osseointegration, where the implant fuses with the bone, the final restoration, such as a crown, will be placed to finish the process.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidate for dental implants is someone with:
- One or more missing teeth
- A strong enough jawbone to withstand the surgical procedure
- No interest in denture
How long will your dental implants last?
Dental implants help preserve the natural tooth tissue and prevent any bone from deteriorating. Because it is firmly placed into the jawbone by Dr. Ting, it cannot be removed. However, with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams and cleaning, it should last a long time.
How to Extend the Life of Your Dental Implant
There are many factors that influence how long your dental implant can last, including:
- Proper oral hygiene: How well you care for your dental implant directly affects how long it lasts.
- How you use your teeth: Never use your teeth as a tool or chew or bite on objects as it can damage both our dental implant and your natural teeth.
- Location of the implant: Any dental implant in the back of the mouth receives more pressure with chewing than those in the front. This means that dental implants in the back fail quicker.
Dental implants have been used for over 50 years and our success rate for dental implants are over 98%. Some patients may experience implant failures due to infections, but this is extremely rare. If this happens, the implant is removed, the area is given time to heal and the implant is replaced if the patient wants.
Schedule an appointment to learn if you’re eligible for dental implants
When you want to replace missing teeth, consider dental implants. Dr. Ting at Think Oral Implants and Periodontics can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if you’re a viable candidate for this tooth replacement option. To schedule a consultation with our professional dental team, call 610-550-3333. We serve patients in Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities with advanced periodontal procedures and dental implant treatments.