Published: 04/25/2017

If you have missing or broken teeth, it’s more than just your confidence that is at stake. If teeth are removed from the jaw, then the bone can deteriorate over time, as there is nothing to stimulate new growth. Fortunately, dental implants can be placed that stimulate the jaw to grow and give you a smile you are comfortable with, but are they as successful as periodontists claim?

Success Rates

When placed right, dental implants have a success rate close to 98 percent. This is an astounding number when it comes to people that are missing teeth and require some type of replacement. One of the most important things you can do to keep your dental implants healthy is regular maintenance. This includes:

• Brushing twice daily
• Flossing at least once a day
• Seeing a dental professional every six months for a cleaning or exam
• Rinsing regularly with an antibacterial mouthwash

Dental implants are beneficial because they function exactly as natural teeth would. They are placed in the jawbone, stimulating growth and ensuring that the bone doesn’t collapse over time. The color of the implant is matched as close to your natural tooth as possible so it’s almost impossible to tell they are different, and implants won’t slip and slide while you are talking or eating like dentures will.

Dental implants are very predictable, and with proper care can last for many decades. Not only are they functional tooth replacements, but they are aesthetic as well. Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or several, and implants are not subject to any type of tooth decay.

Learn More About Dental Implants

Dr. Rice is happy to offer his patients increased confidence and a healthier mouth with this procedure. If you are missing teeth and want to maintain the contours of your face and natural smile as much as possible, schedule a visit with us today.

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