Dental implants were invented back in the 1950s and have been the preferred method of replacing missing teeth ever since. They’re synthetic tooth roots that hold replacement teeth or bridges in place.
Dental implants mimic the structures of your natural teeth because, like your own teeth, they stand alone without affecting the surrounding teeth. They fuse into the jawbone over time for maximum stability, making them look and feel like real teeth. The success rate for dental implants is close to 98%.
Dental implants are an effective, long-lasting option to replace missing teeth. However, not everyone is a good candidate for the procedure. Before recommending dental implants, Dr. Tsiolas reviews your X-rays, completes a thorough oral exam, and confirms that you have:
Dr. Tsiolas is the architect of his patients’ cases. He decides where the implants will be placed to achieve the best outcomes for each patient. He also takes their preferences and desires into account. After creating the treatment roadmap, he refers the patient to a specialized surgeon.
Before beginning dental implant surgery, the surgeon uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. They may extract one or more damaged teeth to prepare for the dental implant. If needed, they add real or synthetic bone to your existing jawbone to create a sturdy support for the dental implant.
When it’s time to install your dental implant, the surgeon uses a special drill to insert the implant into the jawbone. As the site heals over the next few weeks, your implant and jawbone fuse together. Over-the-counter pain medication is usually enough to manage any discomfort you have after dental implant surgery.
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