Dr. Newkirk utilizes dental implants for a variety of reasons including: as a way to replace missing teeth, replace a failing tooth that has had a root canal, as a way to prevent adjacent teeth from drifting out of position, to improve the ability to chew or to create a more permanent solution than dentures. If you currently have dentures, dental implants can also help to provide support and stability.
What is a dental implant?
A photo representation of a dental implant is shown above. A dental implant is comprised of artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium). The dental implant is placed directly into the jawbone by either a Periodontist or oral surgeon. Once the implant heals and integrates with the jawbone, Dr. Newkirk will fit the dental implant with a new tooth.
How long does a dental implant last?
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implant patients enjoy a 95% success rate. With proper care, many dental implants last several decades and even full lifetimes. Patients are advised to return to Island Family Dental for their semi-annual check-ups to ensure the health of their teeth and dental implants. Patients can care for dental implants in the same way that they care for their teeth: brushing regularly and flossing daily.
Interesting facts about dental implants
- Bamboo pegs were used as dental implants in ancient China.
- Egyptian mummies have been found with both ivory dental implants as well as transplanted human teeth.
- In the 1930’s archeologists discovered a Mayan man whose dental implants were made of tooth-shaped shells which produced a cosmetic and fully functional solution to missing teeth.
I am ready to make an appointment for a dental implant
If you have additional questions regarding dental implants, please feel free to use the form to your right to submit a question. If you would like to schedule a dental implant appointment with Dr. Newkirk, please call the Island Family Dental office at (360) 718-8861.