Dental implants in Wichita Kansas are artificial teeth, complete with root. The root is surgical grade titanium and holds a porcelain crown. The best time to perform the procedure is shortly after a tooth has been lost or removed however; if there is sufficient jaw bone then the implant can be made after an extended period of time has elapsed since the tooth loss. Even if there is insufficient bone at the time, bone grafts can be made which allow for the implantation procedure.
Although fixed bridges and dentures are also used when there are teeth missing, these have problems associated with them that dental implants in Wichita Kansas do not. Dentures can be the cause of sounds which can be quite embarrassing when you speak and eat; they may even slip in the dental arch and fall out. As fixed bridges rely on adjacent teeth for support, these teeth may decay as a result.
Dental implants do not have these problems; the implant is made from titanium which fuses with the jaw bone. As the implant become part of the jaw bone there is little risk of bone loss, a major concern with dentures. Although dentures and bridges may last from 7 to 10 years, dental implants will give lifelong service if they are maintained as the rest of the teeth are.
A dental implant consists of three components; the implant itself which fuses with the jaw bone, the abutment which fits on top of the implant which in turn holds the crown. Upon completion of the procedure, the implanted tooth cannot be distinguished from the natural teeth. It is the presence of a tooth root that stops the erosion of the jaw bone, when the root is missing the bone erodes and if this has been left too long, the dentist will first perform a bone graft which strengthens the implant.
A dental implant provides the patient with a replacement tooth that looks and acts the same as the natural tooth it replaced. The implant provides a stable and secure support for that part of the tooth which is visible, the results are quite amazing.
Dentures often make the wearer appear older than he or she really is due to the loss of jaw bone which results in a collapsed appearance of the cheeks. Dental implants in Wichita Kansas give the patient an entirely new lease on life.
If you are considering dental implants in Wichita Kansas you are invited to make an appointment with American Dental.
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