Even if you have a full set of teeth, you’ve probably heard of dental implants. Although they were invented about 50 years ago, implants have recently surged in popularity as a long-lasting, nearly permanent alternative to bridges and dentures for people with missing teeth. A 2021 Forbes article found that although only 6% of Americans had implants at the time, that number was set to grow to 23% by 2026.
While their popularity is soaring, implants aren’t cheap, and you may have concerns about their durability. As it turns out, caring for implants and helping them last may be easier than you imagined.
Are you interested in dental implants or a complete smile makeover? If so, come see the team at Mark Kramer, DDS in Tustin, California. Dr. Kramer and his team are proud of their patient-centric focus and the exceptional results their patients see. In this blog, Dr. Kramer explains dental implants, their benefits, and how patients can get the most life out of their new teeth.
Dental implants comprise three pieces: the post, the abutment, and the crown. When an implant is placed, Dr. Kramer will drill a small hole into your jawbone, where the post will be placed. As the jawbone heals, it actually bonds with the post, a process called osseointegration. Once the jawbone is fully healed, the abutment and the crown, which will serve as your new “tooth,” are placed on top of the post. While some implants may fail, Dr. Kramer’s practice boasts a 99% success rate in implant procedures.
The biggest aesthetic advantage of implants is that they look like real teeth. They also function like real teeth because, like actual teeth, they are connected to the jawbone. Other benefits include:
Although not guaranteed, implants also provide most patients with a big boost of self-esteem.
Implants can last for a lifetime if you take care of them. Another benefit of implants is that you can treat them like normal teeth. You can brush them, floss between them, and have them professionally cleaned twice a year. With proper care, the post of the implant should last your lifetime, especially considering that it’s bonded with the jawbone. Crowns, in general, last about 15 to 20 years.
To learn more about our dental implants and if they may be right for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Mark Kramer, DDS today.