Missing teeth can cause major problems for your oral health, your confidence and your general health too. To address these issues, dental implants are by far the best solution, but some patients are still unsure about getting implant surgery. To help you understand the procedure and how it can help patients in Staten Island at Galligan & Villa Dental Studio, here are a few of the most important facts about dental implants.


Dental Implant Surgery Has an Incredibly High Success Rate


Implant surgery has a success rate of more than 95% and patients who take care of their implants (with simple brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist) can enjoy them for the rest of their lives.


The Crown Is Not the Implant


The actual dental implant is a titanium screw that is implanted into the jawbone with an abutment that emerges from the gum line and attaches to the permanent crown. While the crown (the prosthetic tooth) is the only part of the implant that anyone will ever see, it is not actually the implant itself. In fact, if you damage your crown or it becomes too worn, you can have it replaced with a new one without affecting the implant.


Dental Implants Help Improve Oral Health


A missing tooth can wreak havoc on your oral health. It can lead to bone loss in the jaw, and the other teeth around it will eventually loosen in their sockets and begin to lean toward it. Getting dental implants from Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio in Staten Island can prevent these problems and promote better oral health.


If Your Oral Health Is Otherwise Good, You’re Probably a Candidate


Some conditions – such as bone loss in the jaw, diabetes and/or heart disease – can prevent patients from being good candidates for dental implants. In these cases there are alternatives, including dentures and bridges. However, if you have decent dental and oral health, other than one or more missing teeth, you are most likely a candidate for dental implants.


For more facts on dental implants or to schedule an appointment, call Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio today at 718-984-7700 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We look forward to helping you get your smile back!