Dental implants are one of modern dentistry's most incredible advancements. So natural in form, stability and function, they're practically indistinguishable from real teeth. At Sitnik Dental in Salem, OR, your dentist, Dr. Igor Sitnik, uses dental implants to help patients who have suffered tooth loss. Their many advantages could help your smile, too.
A missing tooth or two...
What's the difference, right? Well, the difference is this. Your remaining teeth will shift position, you'll have unattractive gaps, and your digestion will suffer. Additionally, maybe you don't know that dental extractions lead to almost immediate gum and bone deterioration. Bone mass in the jaw begins to degrade after you lose a tooth.
Unfortunately, the more teeth your smile loses, the more damage results. And, the problems are not just health-related. Your interpersonal relationships, job and self-confidence may be harmed as well.
Dental implants and how they work
A single dental implant has three parts: a titanium screw, a metal post and a ceramic crown. Placed by your Salem, OR, dentist right into the jaw, the implant serves as a tooth root. Amazingly, the bone bonds right to the titanium metal through osseointegration.
After you receive your implant and the implant has bonded, which can take several weeks or months, the dentist places the post and crown. This waiting period ensures proper osseointegration and long-term retention of the implant device.
Dr. Sitnik often inserts multiple implants in patients who need more than one tooth replaced. They support fixed bridgework or full dentures without the need for denture adhesives or dental crowns attached to neighboring teeth.
Advantages of dental implants
Besides excellent oral function, longevity and convenience (implants stay in place permanently), these prosthetic teeth:
- Are customized for your particular needs
- Work well for most healthy teens and adults who have sufficient bone in their jaws to accept the devices
- Give you a perfectly balanced bite so you can enjoy all the foods you love
- Rarely need replacement
- Stay healthy at their margins with routine flossing and brushing and semi-annual examinations and hygienic cleanings at Sitnik Dental
- Feel very comfortable
Find out how dental implants could help you and your oral health. Call Dr. Igor Sitnik for a one-on-one consultation. He'd love to help you have your best smile. Phone (503) 363-5962.