Interested in Dental Implants? 3 Things You Need to Know before You Decide

Written by Dr. McConnell on Aug 6, 2019

One of the most amazing innovations in modern dentistry is dental implants. Estimates say that over three million people have had their lives changed by dental implants. With a proven success rate of 98 percent, dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today.

But many people still don’t have a full understanding of implants and what they can do. The Novato, CA dental implants dentist shares a few helpful things to know about this innovative tooth replacement:

  1. Dental implants consist of three parts. First, the implant itself, which is a titanium replacement root that’s surgically placed in your jawbone and allowed to heal. After the site has healed, our dentists attach a connector piece to the implant called the abutment. Finally, a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture will be secured to the abutment to restore function and esthetics.
  2. Dental implants are permanent. A dental implant is like a natural tooth root, but better. The implant itself becomes a permanent part of your anatomy because the jawbone and tissue absorb the titanium post in a process called osseointegration. While the restoration may need to be replaced at some point, the implant’s not going anywhere!
  3. Dental implants stabilize dentures. The most common complaint among denture wearers is the embarrassment and discomfort caused by slipping and movement. Dental implants are the perfect solution because they hold the denture securely in place. The Novato, CA dental implants dentist will place implants at certain points along the jaw, and a denture with corresponding attachments snaps onto the implant. The result is a permanent solution for uncomfortable dentures!

Call Us to Learn More

Would you like to learn more about dental implants and the ways they can improve your oral health AND your life? Please call our Novato, CA dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a dental implants consultation with our dentist.