OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- For many years dentures orbridges were the only two replacement alternatives for individuals wholost their permanent teeth. Today, there's a third, and what manydental professionals consider to be a preferable choice: dentalimplants.
Because they replace the tooth's root as well as its visible crown, implant-mounted replacement teeth are far stronger, more comfortable and usually much longer-lasting than dentures, bridges or single crowns. In fact, implants directly stimulate the jawbone and help prevent the loss of bone, chronic denture sores and additional tooth loss often associated with dentures.
How Implants Work
In most cases, placing dental implants is a two-part process. During the first phase a dentist places a titanium implant about the size of a natural tooth root directly in the jawbone. The implant is then covered with gum tissue and allowed to bond with the bone for three to six months. A temporary removable tooth or denture is usually fitted to fill the space.
The second phase begins once the implant has securely bonded to the bone. At this point, the implant is uncovered and a post -- which protrudes through the gums in a manner similar to natural teeth -- is attached. A restorative dentist then caps it all off with a permanent crown.
The result is a replacement tooth that looks and acts very similar to the original. Replacement teeth are cared for in the exact same manner as natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning are all that's needed.
Pain Threshold and Rate of Success
The majority of patients report finding tooth implants less painful than having Prosthodontist Hoboken a tooth pulled. Many neither need nor want pain medicine. In addition, the most common post-implant problems (swelling, brushing and moderate discomfort) generally clear up within a few days.
Overall, dental implants have a spectacular success rate. Of those that were placed 20 years ago or longer, more than 90 percent are still in place. When the surrounding tissues are kept healthy, implants have a potentially unlimited lifespan.
To learn more about dental implants, contact an ODA-member dentist. To locate an ODA-member dentist in your area, call the ODA at 405.848.8873 or visit http://www.okdentassoc.org/ .
About the ODA
Founded in 1907, the Oklahoma Dental Association has more than 1,400 member dentists. The association is committed to improving the public's oral health and advancing the art and science of dentistry while maintaining the highest ethical standards in the profession.
CONTACT: Emily Wells, +1-405-507-6296, for Oklahoma Dental Association
Web site: http://www.okdentassoc.org/