What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that an oral surgeon places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Dental implants have improved and evolved rapidly over the past several years. They are now considered the standard of care and preferred treatment for missing teeth.
In the surgical phase, the implant is placed into the jaw and covered with a healing cap, which allows the gum tissue to heal without closing over the implant. After placement, the implant is allowed to integrate with the jawbone for three months. In the prosthetic phase, the crown that will serve as the final restoration for the missing tooth is fabricated and secured to the implant with a post, called an abutment.
What Can Dental Implants Do?
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures or a Bridge
- Esthetic Dental implants look and feel like real teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. Your friends and family will never know you have a replacement tooth.
- Tooth-saving Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!
- Confidence Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They’ll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
- Reliable The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate.