Dental implants are often the ideal way to replace your missing teeth.
When it comes to choosing a dental restoration that will replace one or more missing teeth, we know you have many options from which to choose. Of course, if you are looking for an artificial replacement that is as close to natural teeth as possible, you’ll want to turn to our Salem, OR, dentist, Dr. Igor Sitnik, to get dental implants.
Why dental implants? While all tooth replacements offer some resiliency and durability, dental implants are by far the strongest. Made from thick titanium, the implant is inserted into the jawbone to act just like natural tooth roots. While the implant may not look like real tooth roots they certainly function just like them, which is one major benefit of getting these restorations.
Dental implants are also the only tooth replacements that are designed to last the rest of your life, with the proper maintenance and care. Not even dentures or dental bridges will last forever but implants can last you the rest of your life. Over the course of several months the implant and the jawbone will naturally fuse together to become one solid, permanent unit. The implant will provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to remain strong and healthy.
Once the implant is placed by our Salem general dentist and the jawbone and implant have melded together (this process is known as osseointegration) then the gums are opened back up so an abutment, or connector, can be placed over top of the implant. The abutment can look similar to a tooth that has been prepared for a dental crown and its purpose is to connect the implant (that is under the gums) with the dental crown, or visible portion of the implant.
As you may already have determined, you will need to undergo surgery in order to get dental implants so an ideal candidate will maintain good oral health and also be healthy overall. Implants can be a great option for adults dealing with tooth loss but because implants have to be surgically placed into a predrilled hole in the jawbone, children and teens whose jawbones are still developing will not be right for treatment.
Do you want to find out if dental implants are the right option for you in Salem, OR? If so, then it’s time to setup a consultation at Sitnik Dental.