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Dental Implants In Mountain View CA

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a long-term solution for missing teeth. They are made from titanium and are used by doctors or periodontists during complicated teeth procedures. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth and are made to match the natural teeth of a patient. Once they are surgically placed in the jawbone, they stay in place without any decay issues.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone at any age is a candidate for dental implants. However, a candidate for dental implants is one who’s lost one or more teeth due to a dental disease such as dental decay, traumatic injury or periodontal disease. They are also a reasonable alternative to dental procedures and treatments to patients with periodontal disease or tooth decay that are impractical to treat. Those experiencing uncontrolled systematic disorders like diabetes must maintain the stability of their condition to improve the success of their implants. Even though smokers can be successfully treated with implants, there are problems with certain procedures that may occur.

Lack of bone density is usually not a negative element to justify not placing dental implants. Those under specific medications such as osteoporosis medications however, must consult a dental implants dentist first.

Dental implants Success Rates

Two of the most common questions that patients ask when it comes to dental implants is the long-term success rate and how long they last. Though there are chances of failure, there are very few if not any such cases that have been reported. The success rate is generally very high, about 95%, although this falls between 85 and 90% if a patient has a grafted bone.  Failure rates vary depending on whether the implants are placed in a grafted or natural bone and whether the patient is a smoker or not. Success rates on the other hand, depend on the skills of the dentist, strength of the bone, hygiene and overall health, among other factors.

Benefits of dental implants