Washington: The method of using dental implants to replace teeth lost to an accident, gum diseases or tooth decay is becoming popular.Sreenivas Koka, chair of Mayo Clinic Department of Dental Specialties, discusses the advantages of dental implants and what`s involved.
"If you are missing a single tooth, this allows you to leave the other teeth around it alone," Dr. Koka said."With a bridge, you have to cut down the teeth on each side of the empty space so that a false tooth can be held in place by two crowns," Dr. Koka added.Almost any adult in reasonably good health is a candidate for dental implants.Dr. Koka says that patients often ask if osteoporosis would prevent them from getting dental implants. It doesn`t.Mayo Clinic research has shown that patients with osteoporosis or those taking oral bisphosphonates used to treat osteoporosis have about the same success rate as other patients.And the success rates for dental implants are high -- 90 to 96 percent.ANI