The days of missing teeth and poorly fitting tooth replacements are gone due to restorative dental implants. Akron dentist, Dr. Arthur Benson, uses implants to replace one, two or a whole arch of teeth, maximizing oral function and smile appearance for qualified patients. If you have smile gaps, Dr. Benson can help!
Osseointegration and the dental implant
It started decades ago with the discovery of osseointegration by a Swedish scientist who was studying rabbits. Fast forward to modern dentistry, osseointegration occurs in human bone every time your Akron dentist places a restorative dental implant in a patient's jaw.
What is osseointegration? It's the natural process whereby bone bonds to titanium metal. Dental implant devices, inserted into the jaw during in-office surgery, meld with the jaw almost immediately and continue to do so over several weeks to months. When fully healed, this screw-like device can accept the pressure of an extension post and porcelain crown which complete the single-tooth dental implant.
Osseointegration is unique to restorative dental implants. No other tooth replacement offers their stability and bone-building qualities. As such, dental implants, placed singly or in multiples for dentures or bridges, last for 40 to 50 years or longer, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
Qualifying for dental implants
An oral examination, review of medical history, X-rays and a three-dimensional scan tell the tale. In general, the patient should be in good overall health and have enough bone in the jaw to support the implant device.
Dr. Benson does all phases of implant placement in his office, and he ensures that each patient is completely comfortable during the procedure. Just locally-injected anesthetic works well.
To keep your implants strong, healthy and attractive, Dr. Benson tells his patients to:
- Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste according to American Dental Association guidelines
- Floss daily to remove plaque at the gum line and between teeth
- Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth
- Stop all tobacco usage to avoid a dangerous infection called peri-implantitis
Your hygienist knows the best way to keep implant sites clean. She'll provide you with hygiene tips perfect for your new teeth. So, be sure to keep your semi-annual check-up and professional cleaning appointments.
A renewed smile
Dr. Arthur Benson brings many smiles back to life with restorative dental implants. If you're interested in the best tooth replacements modern dentistry offers, call Dr. Benson's office team for a consultation in Akron, OH, at (330) 666-8757.