Implant Articles

Why get dental implants?

People lose teeth for various reasons.  The options of how to replace those missing teeth range from getting a partial, getting a bridge, or getting an implant.  Although money is definitely a determining factor, I believe everyone would rather have a dental implant which mimics the anatomy of your real teeth.  Regardless of the reason that the original tooth was lost the tooth can be replaced with a dental implant. 

With the development of special surface treatments, the titanium implant is an awesome technological invention that will actually integrate with the bone.  The initial placement of an implant is very similar to the procedure of simply screwing a screw into a wooden board.  What happens next is the phenomenal part.  Over the next 3 months, a process called osteointegration takes place.  This is when the bone essentially sees the implant as "self" and grows "into" it.  This interface is no longer a simple friction held fixation like a screw into wood.  Now we have multiplied the retention by incorporating a bone-to-implant interface.  This miraculous process results in a dental implant that will not twist back out of the bone.

When it comes to replacing teeth, nothing compares to dental implants.  They are like getting your original tooth back.  Dr. Frank Roach trains relentlessly to provide his patients with the best treatment options available.  He believes that everyone deserves second chances, even teeth!

How long do dental implants last?

The success rate of an implant is no different than a natural tooth.  The only difference is that a dental implant is made of titanium which never gets decay or needs a root canal.  Once a dental implant integrates then regular oral hygiene should be sufficient to sustain it.  One reason people lose teeth is that they don't take care of them with proper home care.  Brushing and flossing keep the gums and bone level healthy.  Since an implant crown is not susceptible to decay, the life of it is predictably longer than a normal tooth.  

 An implant is made of medical grade titanium.  The strength of it is many multiple times stronger than any other material used in restorations in the mouth and obviously stronger than enamel or bone.  In Dr. Frank Roach's +20 years of restoring teeth with implants he has only seen a physically failed implant due to fracture about 2-3 times.  The only susceptible area of the implant is the top which has a small area thin titanium around the inset interlocking area.  The only way this fractures is if the implant crown has become loose and it is bitten down on resulting in all the bite pressure impacting one of the thin walls.  An implant crown is held in place with a very small screw which rarely comes loose.  When it does the patient needs to simply return for a 30 second procedure of just retightening it.  There is a small window of time where the screw is loose enough that the crown can unseat enough to back out of the locking area yet still be retained by the screw.  During this time the implant crown essentially flops around and patients have been aware of the situation for quite some time.  There is a reason why your doctor or dentist tells you to do something.  "Take all these antibiotics until they are gone."  There is a reason we say these things.

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