You want the best in home improvements, automobiles and your children’s education. What about replacing your missing teeth? Shouldn’t you desire the longest lasting, most functional and most natural-looking tooth replacement option? John Carollo DMD places dental implants in his Madison area office. A noted author and lecturer on all things dental, Dr. Carollo maintains that dental implants rarely fail and give patients the confidence and vibrant oral health they deserve.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth. Replacing a tooth lost to decay, gum disease or oral injury, a dental implant inserts right into the empty tooth socket during a comfortable, in-office surgery. It is comprised of three basic parts:
- A titanium screw or cylinder which resides in the jawbone
- A metal alloy abutment, or post, which extends above the gums
- A customized porcelain crown
Dental implants near Madison also anchor complete dentures through a process called All-On-4 Teeth in a Day in which Dr. Carollo strategically places four implants into the jaw. He also uses Zygomatic dental implants, inserted into the cheekbones, for patients with insufficient jawbone density.
Dental Implants are Successful
The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that dental implants have a success rate of around 95 percent, and the devices remain in place and functional for decades. Compare this with traditional bridgework which serves the average patient 10.1 years, according to the American Dental Association. Partial dentures have a similar lifespan. Both traditional prosthetics tend to compromise the integrity of adjoining teeth and do nothing to help the gum and bone recession which occur after tooth loss.
The Key To Implant Success
Human bone has a tremendous affinity for titanium which is the key component of the dental implant device. This bonding process is called osseointegration, and as the implant site heals, the bone grows around, or integrates with, the implant screw. After the process is complete (this takes several weeks), the jawbone strengthens every time the patient bites or chews on it. No other tooth replacement option does that.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
In general, patients with sufficient jaw bone size and density can receive dental implants if their overall and oral health is good. If a patient has gum disease or thin bone, Dr. Carollo may be able to correct these conditions before proceeding with implants.
Additionally, patients who do not smoke and who are diligent about brushing and flossing, along with getting professional dental cleanings and check-ups. make good implant candidates. It’s especially important for patients to keep implant sites free of plaque because, while implants do not decay, they can develop peri-implantitis. This infection resembles gum disease and leads to deterioration of the gums and bone, often necessitating removal of the device.
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If you are facing extraction of one or more teeth, or already have smile gaps, consult Dr. John Carollo about state of the art dental implants. You could well be a candidate to enjoy beautiful, strong, and long-lasting teeth. Contact John A. Carollo DMD for a restorative dentistry consultation.