In cases that involve the need for tooth extractions, dental implants are a viable option. In addition to replacing teeth, implants can also serve as a platform to sustain other dental devices such as crowns and bridges.
Dental implants are made to last and because of that it truly makes them a cost-effective, viable solution. Typically, tooth-supported dental bridges only last 4 to 8 years, in some cases longer, but you can count on replacing them at some point. This becomes very expensive. While implants require an adjustment every so often, they can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Dental implants attach artificial teeth below the gum line using an anchor. The anchor holds the implant in place, allowing excess bone to fuse with it and the healthy gums to grow around it. The result is that of a strong, secure tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Because dental implants require surgery, they are intended only for candidates with sufficient bone and healthy gums. Meticulous planning must occur prior to performing dental implant surgery. This includes a consultation, x-rays and an oral exam to ensure the success of the implant.
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