What is an Implant?
Dental Implants help replace missing teeth that can affect your appearance, oral function, or self-confidence. Dental implants are essentially titanium anchors that act as an artificial tooth root. Dr. Goodwin uses a guided surgical approach when placing the implant into the bone. The bone grows around the surface on the implant and has tremendous stability. After the area heals, a crown or a bridge is then placed on the implant to look and feel like a natural tooth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can help prevent bone loss and gum recession that may accompany bridgework and dentures.
Alternatively, a denture may be anchored to the bone with multiple implants. An implant-supported denture doesn’t slip or fall out and it allows you to chew foods that are impossible with traditional dentures.
Success Rates for Implants:
Success rates for dental implants vary depending on the study, but in general success rates are between 90-98%. Selecting patients who are good candidates for implants is important and contributes to success. Smoking, inadequate bone height, systemic diseases, hygiene and other factors contribute to failure, but even people with some risk factors can still have dental implants.
Call our office at (435) 257-7016 to schedule an appointment to see if a dental implant is right for you.