Implant Dentistry: Rebuilding teeth the healthy, lasting way
Implant dentistry is the permanent way to replace a single tooth, many teeth, or a mouthful. Conventional tooth replacement options such as dental bridges get their support from neighboring teeth. Conventional dentures rely on suction or dental adhesive to keep false teeth in place. As bone shrinks, dentures must be relined for proper fit.
From his office in Greenwood SC, Dr. Griffin may recommend dental implants. This tooth replacement doesn’t rely on other teeth or dental products for stability. It’s also a low-maintenance alternative to conventional bridges and dentures.
Building teeth from the root up
At the heart of implant dentistry is a design that mimics natural teeth. The implant is shaped like a tooth root, because it replaces the root that stabilized your natural tooth. This artificial root is made from titanium, the same material used in prosthetics for joint replacement. Titanium is biocompatible; it naturally and safely joins with surrounding, supportive bone.
With the implant rooted in your jawbone as part of the osseointegration process, you’re ready to complete the procedure with a crown or denture placed on top of the implant or implants. If you’re missing a lot of teeth, you don’t need an implant to hold each tooth. Some systems are designed to support a maximum number of teeth with as few as four implants per arch. Dr. Griffin will discuss the best options for your budget, needs, and goals.
Implants may be at the top of your wish-list due partly to:
- Their reliability – A success rate of 97 percent, they last 10 years-plus with proper care
- Easy upkeep – Care is simply brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups
- Natural appearance and feel
Proper speech and chewing doesn’t suffer, and implants promote the health of supportive bone.
Call (864) 229-2610 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Griffin.