“I focus on delivering individual care to each person. Every patient has unique goals and concerns; it’s my job to listen to them, and then partner with them to find the right care solutions.”
— Dr. Christopher Campus
Dental implants may be the perfect solution
Dental implants have become a common treatment for people who have lost teeth due to natural causes or injuries. They have a very high long-term success rate (98% in fact) and have proven to be a much better, longer-lasting option than dentures in many cases. If you’re not entirely sure what a dental implant is, here’s a brief overview:
What is a Dental Implant?
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. The “root” is usually made of titanium: the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone. A replacement tooth is then fixed to the post. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. Permanent teeth are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
The ideal candidate for implants is a non-smoker who has good oral health, including a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, and healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
You can have single or multiple implants
Implants are versatile. If you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge (a set of replacement teeth). Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Advantages Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can, therefore, be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. And because they don’t directly rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your replacements, the longer they will last.
Dr. Campus is one of the top implant dentists in the Pensacola, Milton/Pace, and Perdido areas. If you would like to learn more about dental implants, or are wondering if you are a good candidate for implants, please call us today at (850) 495-2999. We’re happy to help.