How Do Dental Implants Work?

Columbia, MO dentist, Dr. G. Michael Ogden, places dental implant restorations for patients missing one or more teeth. These artificial teeth function, look and feel just like the real thing, and they help preserve jaw bone density and youthful facial appearance. If you are missing teeth or are facing extractions, you'll want to know all you can about modern dental implants.Dental Implants

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are made of titanium. Shaped like screws, they are surgically inserted right into the patient's jaw bone. After a period of healing and bonding to the bone (a process called osseointegration), Dr. Ogden attaches metal alloy posts and natural-looking porcelain crowns to finish the restorations.

Dental implants differ from traditional tooth replacements. Unlike partial dentures or fixed bridgework, implants do not require preparation of enamel on neighboring teeth. Also, while ordinary dentures float on top of the gums, dental implants go right into the bone, transferring the physical forces of biting and chewing into the jaw. This "exercises" the bone, keeping it strong and sizable.

Dental Implants are Versatile

These state of the art dental devices support fixed bridgework, partial dentures and also fixed or removable full dentures, providing stable chewing and speech. Depending on where they are placed and what they support, dental implants may be full-sized or mini-implants.

Dental Implants Succeed with Good Care

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons states that dental implants boast a success rate of about 95 percent. They cannot decay they way natural tooth enamel can, and with good care, they last for decades, making them economical tooth replacement options over the long term.

Your Columbia, MO dentist recommends twice daily brushing and once a day flossing to keep implant sites healthy. Poor oral hygiene can compromise the implant with an infection called peri-implantitis. Very similar to gum disease, peri-implantitis can force the removal of a dental implant.

Additionally, excessive teeth grinding and biting force damage implants. So, if an individual grinds or clenches his teeth, Dr. Ogden may recommend a night-time mouth guard to protect the teeth from excessive wear.

Are You a Candidate?

Dental implants could be the tooth replacement choice for your healthy mouth. Contact Ogden Dental for more information. Call (573) 449-7483.