5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD (605)271.4422
5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD
5208 W 26th Street | Sioux Falls, SD (605)271.4422
Dental Implants: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
types of dental implants
Dental implants have been used forhundreds of years in some form or another. In fact, people used touse animal bones and even silver for dental implants in the past!Fortunately, dental implant technology has improved monumentallysince then.

But if you're still wondering whattypes of dental implants we use today and why they're important,we're here to answer your questions. Here's what you need to know.

Dental implants are chosen for manyreasons:

Every year, an estimated 500,000 peoplehave dental implant procedures performed. While the general purposeof a dental implant -- to replace a missing or damaged tooth -- islargely the same across the board, the reasons people elect to havethis procedure performed vary greatly. Teeth can be lost for any ofthe following reasons:

  • Tooth decay

  • Gum disease

  • Oral trauma

  • Congenital defects

  • Root canal failure

It's tough to nail down a single reasonfor needing a dental implant, but a single implant can help patientsresolve all of the issues listed above. In the long run, dentalimplants can make a positive difference in countless people?slives.

1. Dental implants can be used indifferent ways:

As with any surgical procedure, it?snot ?one size fits all?. Not only do the size, shape, and typeof implants vary from person to person, but the way they are restoredcan vary greatly as well. It makes perfect sense that a single losttooth can be replaced with a single implant. But, what many peopledon?t know is that an entire mouth of missing teeth can be restoredwith only a few implants. The ?all on 4? technique restores anentire arch with only four implants. That means an entire mouth of32 teeth can be restored with only eight implants!

2. Dental implant placement isgenerally quite simple:

Implants are surgically implanted intoa patient's jawbone and allowed to heal before the restoration isfabricated. This healing takes place below the gum tissue, so itmust be uncovered when it is time to make the restoration. Thissecond surgery to uncover the implant is relatively quick andrequires minimal local anesthesia. While this two-step surgery mayseem complex or even a bit gruesome to some, in reality it is veryroutine and virtually painless. Once this is completed, thefabrication of the restoration often requires as little as animpression.

Dental implants are the best possibleoutcome after tooth loss. They can allow people more confidence,more oral function, and a new lease on their teeth. If you'reconsidering dental implants, don't discount these benefits andschedule a consult with us at Pillar Dental.


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