Permanent teeth dental implants are an effective and lasting alternative to missing teeth, dentures and bridgework. The best way to describe the permanent teeth we implant is to compare them to real teeth.
Your real teeth consist of a root and a crown. The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown. Beneath the crown is the root, which anchors the tooth to the jawbone and extends through the gum tissue. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. When the time comes to replace a tooth, we first have to replace the root. Essentially, a permanent tooth dental implant is a new root that is made from titanium. The titanium root is fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw, and replaces the lost root of your natural tooth.
Our approach to permanent teeth dental implant placement is based on complex dental science that is the result of more than 25 years of experience. And while there is no accurate way to predict how each individual will respond, our experience has taught us that the long-term success rate for permanent teeth dental implants is very high. Most of our own patients that had dental implants placed 15 to 20 years ago, still have them in function and they are as healthy today as the day they were placed. We have seen some older style dental implants that were placed 30 years ago and they are still in place. That has consistently been the case for around 95% of the dental implants that Dr. Silberg has placed.
Not only are permanent teeth dental implants better than conventional dental treatments, such as dentures or bridges, in some cases, they are even better than your own natural teeth, because dental implants never decay and never require root canals. Plus, permanent teeth dental implants:
The permanent teeth we implant come in various shapes and sizes and have different types of surfaces. The dental implant (or implants) we select for you will depend upon a variety of factors related to your specific treatment needs. Dr. Silberg will only choose a permanent tooth implant that suits your individual needs.
If you are considering permanent teeth dental implants, your mouth will be examined thoroughly in your initial consultation with Dr. Silberg and your dental and medical history will be reviewed to ensure that implants are appropriate for you. Dental x-rays and, frequently, panoramic (or complete) x-rays of your jaws will be taken to evaluate your jawbone and to determine if it will accommodate implants. Occasionally, more detailed information is required and can be provided by more specialized digital or CAT scan x-rays. They will help determine if additional tests or procedures are needed to place your implants properly.