A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Much like the roots of a tooth, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and cannot be seen once they are surgically placed. Our South Fort Myers dentist, William J. Shorack, DDS, uses implants to secure crowns, bridgework or dentures, using a variety of methods. The dental implants are made of lightweight titanium that is strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, and dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.
Putting dental implants into place stabilizes bone and helps to prevent any further loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s density and shape, sustaining the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures such as gum tissues, cheeks and lips. There are many advantages to dental implants including improved appearance, helping you to smile, talk and look completely natural. Dental implants feel and look like your own teeth and because they are designed to fuse with your bone, they become permanent. Speech is also improved with implants since, with a traditional denture, teeth often slip inside the mouth if they do not fit correctly. This will cause your speech to sound slurred or mumbled, and dental implants allow you to speak without the worry of that occurring. Implants become a part of you so it eliminates the discomfort of removable dentures, providing ultimate comfort. Dental implants function like your own teeth so you can also eat your favorite foods without worry. Implants fitted by our expert South Fort Myers dentist, will give you back your smile, encouraging you to feel better about yourself, and able to be happier and more productive.
With a success rate of up to 98%, dental implants can last a lifetime with the proper care. For the best result, patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant, but also be committed to a good oral hygiene routine in addition to regular dental visits. Our South Fort Myers dentist, Dr. Shorack, prides himself on giving personal attention and guidance to each patient to help them decide if dental implants are the best choice for them.