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5 Surprising Facts About Dental Implants

January 22, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drsanker @ 1:47 am

Model of a dental implant replacing a lower toothIf you’ve lost a tooth or two, or even an entire arch, bridges and dentures aren’t the only way to fill the gaps in your smile. 500,000 people per year are investing in dental implants to treat their tooth loss. A dental implant is the next best thing to a natural tooth. Here are 5 facts about dental implants you should know.

1. A Dental Implant Replaces the Whole Tooth

Traditional dental prosthetics only treat the portions of teeth above the gum line. A dental implant is the only solution to replace both the tooth root and the crown. A titanium post is surgically placed into your jaw to serve as a new root. Your bone will fuse to it through a process called osseointegration. After your bone has integrated with it, a custom-made restoration is attached to it using a special fixture called an abutment.

2. Dental Implants Have Over a 95% Success Rate

A dental implant has over a 95% success rate, offering reliable results. Dental implants can last for over 30 years with good oral hygiene and regular dental care. You’ll never need to budget for replacements, unlike regular prosthetics that only last for a few years. 

3. Dental Implants Restore 70% of Your Biting Force

Your implant posts will have the support and stability of your jawbone, so you’ll never have to worry about slipping or irritation. You’ll regain 70% of your natural biting force to enjoy a variety of nutritious foods, including steak.

4. Dental Implants Are Relatively Inexpensive

Contrary to what you might have heard, dental implants aren’t as expensive as you might think. Each step in the treatment process has separate fees, so you don’t have to pay it all at once. Your dental insurance can also reduce the costs of certain steps in your treatment plan, like your consultation, preparatory procedures, or your restoration. You can pay any out-of-pocket expenses using monthly installments through a third-party financing company, like CareCredit.

5. Dental Implants Preserve Your Jawbone

You can lose 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth. It will continue to shrink as time passes because it isn’t being stimulated by the tooth root. This can increase your risk of several dental problems and change the shape of your face. A dental implant is the only treatment to offer jawbone preservation. The implant will stimulate your jaw to encourage new bone growth.

When it comes to replacing lost teeth, don’t settle for less than the best. Dental implants are a wise investment to enjoy a complete smile.

About Dr. Robert J. Sanker

Dr. Sanker completed his dental training at the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and continued his education to specialize in prosthodontics. He underwent additional training in implant and reconstructive dentistry. Dr. Sanker is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontics. Request an appointment through his website or call his office at (301) 463-4232 to see if dental implants are right for you.

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