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What are Dental Implants? | Camp Hill Cosmetic Dentist

implant-diagramAre you wondering if dental implants are right for you? Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth.

Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last few decades. The success rate of dental implants can vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime.

A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, 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, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is lost too. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural.

Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

For more information on dental implants contact Dr. Wetzel at (717) 761.8611 or visit our website at http://www.wetzelperio.com/

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle