What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are used in replacement of tooth roots. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that, when placed into the jawbone, bonds or integrates with the bone. Implants are designed to provide a foundation for a crown or denture that will then have the look, feel, and function similar to your natural teeth.
Advantages of having dental implants placed vs. treatment with traditional crowns and bridges:
- Improved look and feel.
- Dental implants look and function similar to a natural tooth.
- Improved oral health; dental implants allow easier access between teeth for brushing and flossing, thereby improving oral hygiene.
- To replace a missing tooth, a bridge would require preparing the adjacent teeth and placing crowns on them. Dental implants do not require treatment on the adjacent teeth, thus nearby teeth are not affected and left intact.
- Improved comfort, speech, chewing, and self-esteem.
- Poor-fitting dentures often slip and slide in your mouth, causing soreness, improper speech, difficult chewing, and insecurity. Implants can give your dentures added retention and provide the proper comfort, speech, eating, and improved self-esteem you deserve.
- Recent studies show a success rate of 95% for dental implants. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime!
The pink arrow shows the tooth that has been restored with a dental implant: