Dental implants are one of the greatest advances in modern dental technology and have revolutionized restorative dentistry. In the past, a tooth had to be either repaired or extracted and replaced with dentures or a bridge. Now, implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even an entire arch, while providing greater functionality and strength.
What are dental implants?
They are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile. Dental implants are very strong, stable, durable and will last many years; implant treatment has a record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth.
There are many elements which impact the success of a dental implant procedure. Perhaps the most important consideration is the experience and qualifications of the dentist or oral surgeon performing the procedure. While the procedure boasts success rates of 95-98%, there are many factors that a provider must take into consideration to provide patients with the best possible outcome. For example, commonly prescribed anti-depressant medications such as serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been shown to have an impact on bone mineral density and the risk of fracture. A dental professional will thoroughly review the patient’s medical history, and in the case of SSRI users, employ a more cautious surgical approach when appropriate to guarantee the best chance of success.
It is important to do your homework and seek a well-qualified, experienced dental implant dentist who can provide you with treatment that will best meet your unique health and cosmetic needs.
Our team of dental implant specialists have received extensive training and have documented success in implant dentistry. Dr. Byer’s has received a mastership certification from the International Dental Implant Association and participates in continuing education courses.