Posts for: June, 2018
Modern dentistry offers many ways to replace missing teeth. Conventional fixed bridgework and dentures are two of them. However, the most effective, natural-looking and bone-building choice is the dental implant. Columbia dentist, Dr. Kyle Garlitz, offers these amazing prothetics in his state-of-the-art dental practice. Read more to see if dental implants from Garlitz Dentistry could be right for you.
A dental what?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is so lifelike it actually resides right in the patient's jaw bone--just like a real tooth. The single-tooth implant has three parts: a titanium screw, a metal alloy post and a realistic porcelain crown. Inserted during a simple in-office procedure at Garlitz Dentistry in Columbia, a dental implant immediately begins to rebuild bone in the empty tooth socket. Osseointegration, as medical experts call it, ensures a stable, strong bond between implant and jaw bone.
Dr. Garlitz carefully evaluates his prospective implant patients. They require:
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support the device
- Healthy gum tissue
- Good oral hygiene habits--brushing, flossing and getting check-ups and cleanings at Garlitz Dentistry
- Patience, as osseointegration can take several months, says the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Why is an implant superior?
A dental implant is superior in appearance, function and longevity when compared to traditional bridgework or dentures. Old-style tooth replacements only rest on the gums and must be anchored to neighboring teeth with clasps or crowns, causing substantial wear and tear on these teeth. Slippage is a common problem, and invariably, bone and gums recede. Most conventional prosthetics require replacement or relining within a decade.
With dental implants, gums and jaw retain their natural shape and density. In fact, bone becomes stronger every time the patient bites and chews. And, dental implants have a high success rate--up to 98 percent, reports the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness. Your implants could last for the rest of your life!
Close those gaps
Gain self-confidence, great oral function and outstanding personal appearance with dental implants from Dr. Kyle Garlitz. He can help you determine if you could benefit from dental implants. Call Garlitz Dentistry today for a consultation. In Columbia, phone (803) 736-8606. In Lexington, call (803) 399-8236.