Considering long-range options for replacing missing teeth in Longwood, FL? You might want to have a conversation with Ilya V. Freyman, DMD, PA, especially about the long-term benefits of dental implants. In fact, dental implants are generally considered to be the most permanent and most natural option to replace missing teeth available. This is because unlike removable dentures, which are not permanently attached, or a dental bridge, which is a prosthetic device that is attached to two healthy teeth to fill a space between them, dental implants actually become part of your oral tissue structure.
In a dental implant procedure, your Longwood dentist Dr. Freyman drills a hole into your jawbone and installs a titanium implant directly into the bone tissue. The implant becomes part of the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, which basically means the jawbone tissue grows around the implant to anchor it in place. Once the implant is successfully integrated, he inserts a titanium post into the implant and attaches a prosthetic tooth, called a crown, to the post. The result is a replacement tooth that essentially acts like your original, real tooth.
Dental implants also have other important advantages over dentures and even dental bridges. Because they become part of your jaw by stimulating bone tissue growth, they help reduce or prevent bone loss in your jaw. Because dental implants are independently supported, they take the pressure off remaining natural teeth, making them less subject to bite pressure stresses. And unlike dental bridges, implants do not require your dentist to remove or grind down more tooth enamel on remaining existing teeth to support a conventional bridge.
Implants have a very high success rate – more than 98 percent – and a low complication rate – and they last for many years.
This procedure generally takes more time than other dental work – usually multiple visits to your Longwood dentist over several months – because it takes time for the bone tissue to heal, grow, and anchor the implant before a crown can be installed. However, the long-term benefits can be worth it.
If you are seeking more information about dental implants, contact Dr. Freyman at (407) 260-0224.