Dental Implants: What to Know

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Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that can safely and comfortably replace a broken, decayed, or missing tooth. These implants look and feel like a normal tooth, even though they are made of different materials. Dental implants are actually made from different materials, like titanium and porcelain, which are mouth-friendly and durable.

A dental implant works differently than a bridge or dentures. It can safely and effectively replace one tooth and is implanted in a unique way. First, a titanium post is secured directly into the jaw in place of the missing tooth. Then, an imitation “tooth” is affixed to the titanium post. Because the titanium post goes all the way into the jaw, it is sturdier, which makes for a comfortable fit that also makes it easy to eat and speak around the implant.

Depending on where the missing tooth is located, dental implants have shown an average success rate of 95% (in good dental implant candidates). When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime and help the user effectively eat and speak. They can also boost a user’s self-esteem as a useful and attractive alternative to other tooth replacement options.

Dental implants may not be for everyone. Certain patients, like those who smoke or suffer from diabetes, may have a harder time adapting to a dental implant due to its position embedded in the jaw and gums. For more information about dental implants, call St. Louis County Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 314-434-0493 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Stemme, the surgeons. We are located in Chesterfield, Missouri.