ELIZABETH – When people lose teeth, their ability to chew food and speak distinctly are impaired. Many people are uncomfortable with dentures, said Dr. George Umansky, DDS of Best Dental in Elizabeth, because they do not replace the quality of function of natural teeth. More dentists and patients are considering implants as a treatment alternative choice, he noted.
Dental implants are substitutes for natural tooth roots, Umansky said. They rely on bone for support. Implants are small (just over 1/8 inch in diameter and approximately 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch in length) and long lasting. They are made of a light titanium metal and some are coated with a bone-like substance, hydroxyl apartite, that helps the implant bone with bone, Umansky said.
Most implants have a ten year / 70 to 95 percent survival rate, the Elizabeth dentist noted. The success rate depends on many factors, including the patient’s bone type and amount, the patient’s medical condition, cosmetic concerns, personal expectations, the training and experience of the implant dentist and the quality of the patient’s home care skills once the implants are in place, Umansky said.
Dental implants are considered a safe and effective alternative to dentures, Umansky said. The material and coating adapt very well to the bone and are well-tolerated by the body.
For more information about dental implants, contact your dentist or call Best Dental at 1-908-355-8454.
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