We are so lucky here at Hartwell Dentistry to be educated in some of the most up to date treatments available. Dr Dana Horng has studied the placement of implants for the past two and a half years at the Brener Institute and we are excited to have this advancing technology available for you at our practice. Let me start by explaining what exactly an implant is, and continue on with some frequently asked questions.
An implant is one of the best rehabilitation options when it comes to restoring your teeth, to put it simply it is a titanium screw fixed to your jaw bone with a porcelain crown on top. It is the closest thing we have to restoring your natural tooth.
The implant is strong, stable, it looks natural and it functions just like a normal tooth.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR IMPLANT?:
Not everyone is a suitable host for a dental implant. When you come in for your first consultation with Dr Dana Horng we spend time with you assessing your mouth and talking about different risk factors for you. Whether you are a suitable host for an implant is depended on some of the following, medical conditions, smoking status, gum levels, bone loss and the movement of teeth.
WHY A DENTAL IMPLANT:
As touched on above, an implant is the closest thing to your natural tooth. You won’t have to worry about a denture moving around as you eat or falling down as you are speaking. These embarrassing situations can be a thing of the past.
The initial procedure is completed in one 90 minute appointment. A lot of patient’s have said that the implant procedure is less invasive than the removal of the tooth.
WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE FOR IMPLANTS?:
The success rate of a dental implant is up there with some of the highest dental treatments available, the success rate for an implant on the lower jaw can be up to 98%, and in other areas of the mouth it can see a 90% success rate. Smoking reduces the success rate by 10%
The above are just a few of our commonly asked questions, if you have others please contact Hartwell Dentistry and make an appointment so we can answer any more you may have.
Stay tuned and follow our next blog to find out the advantages and disadvantages of having a dental implant