What exactly are dental implants?

You may have heard of dental implants, but what are they exactly? Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically attached to the jawbone. This helps to secure a bridge, crown, or denture in place. Once the posts are in place, the tooth implants will bond with the jawbone. This is to keep the artificial teeth in its correct place securely.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Dental implants have been around for nearly 50 years. Many patients have found that dental implants are an obvious choice if they have lost teeth or are dealing with severe gum issues. The dental implant procedure is a very safe solution to getting back a beautiful smile. Statistically, dental implants have a 95% success rate among healthy patients who were currently practicing good dental hygiene. Anyone missing a single tooth, or even all of their teeth may be a candidate for dental implants.

How long can I expect dental implants last?  

Traditionally speaking, tooth-supported dental bridges will usually last about seven years. Some may last up to 10 years with proper care. So, you may make it several years, but you will always find yourself having to replace them and costing even more money. Dental implants may need an adjustment, but they can last a lifetime when you have them properly taken care of by a dental professional.

Can you afford not get dental implants?

Dental implants are a long-term, cost effective option both for single tooth or multiple teeth replacement. There are other tooth replacement options that have a lower up front cost, but you will have to replace them several times in your lifetime. Dental implants are a much more cost effective solution, while giving you the confidence of having real teeth.

Can dental implants be removed like regular dentures?  

No. Implants are surgically attached to the jawbone. This is to ensure that your new artificial teeth will look like natural teeth and feel comfortable. Being mounted in the jawbone helps them stay secure, so you feel like as if they are your teeth. Implants are frequently used to support and/or secure both full and partial dentures. Dental implants can be used on removable or fixed dentures of any style.

If you have any questions about dental implants, feel free to hive us a call today at  (850) 542-4428. Dr. Djuric has been practicing dentistry in the Pensacola area for 25 years, and also specializes in implant dentistry.