Having all of your teeth missing used to mean that you had to wear dentures, but that’s changed. More people than ever are getting dental implants for missing teeth because of how reliable, safe and effective the procedure is.
What exactly are dental implants?
Implants use artificial tooth roots that are anchored into the jaw just like natural teeth. They are made out of titanium, which is often used for procedures like joint replacements because of how well the body accepts the material. In fact, your jaw will usually begin to form new bone around an implant once it is placed.
When you take care of your implants, they can last for the rest of your life. Most have a success rate greater than 97%, making the procedure the most reliable type of restoration used in modern dentistry.
How many teeth can you replace?
You can use dental implants for as many teeth that need to be replaced. Single implants can support porcelain crowns, or you can use two implants to support a multi-tooth dental bridge. If you need to replace all of your teeth at one time, implant-supported dentures are available.
When to call your dentist
Your first step should be to schedule a consultation with your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for implants. Plan enough time for a brief exam, x-rays, and possibly a series of dental impressions so your dentist can fully determine whether or not implants are right for your unique needs.