At Wildflower Dental in Sun City AZ, we’re always reminding our patients to brush and floss, because it’s the best way to ensure healthy teeth and gums. But in spite of everyone’s best efforts, some of our patients are going to lose a tooth. When that happens, we recommend dental implants as the best solution.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into your jaw, where it becomes a replacement tooth root. This helps to prevent bone loss. The post becomes a support for an artificial tooth, which looks and functions like the real thing.
Dental implants have have a success rate of greater than ninety percent, and have been called one of the great steps forward in dentistry. But in the not-too-distant future they are expected to get even better. We can expect faster healing and even higher success rates.
Here’s just one example of an expected improvement: the most common cause of failure in dental implants is oral microbial infection. Future generations of dental implants are expected to have a reservoir that slowly releases anti-microbial medicine that prevents the growth of bacteria.