What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the leading dental restoration to replace missing teeth. Dental implants provide oral health benefits that are far superior to other dental restorations, such as dentures or dental bridges. This is due to dental implants replacing a natural tooth in its entirety, including the crucial tooth root.
Dental implants are composed of a biocompatible implanted post (screw), and an artificial tooth (crown). The implanted post replaces the missing tooth root, fusing with the jawbone and tissues through a process called osseointegration. This remarkable process ensures that the implant is securely fused to the jawbone, promoting the growth of new bone and tissue. Once the fusing process has been completed, the post is affixed with a dental crown that looks, feels, and functions just like a normal tooth.
Dental implants are the longest-lasting restoration for missing teeth. With excellent oral hygiene, including regular dental appointments, dental implants will last at least 25 years, but potentially a lifetime. They are available to replace a single missing tooth, multiple consecutive missing teeth, and entire arches of teeth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants change lives, improve oral health, and preserve your facial appearance. Specific benefits of dental implants include:
- Restored chewing function
- Restored bite force
- Improved self-esteem
- Preservation of jawbone
- Maintaining facial appearance
- Prevents nearby teeth from drifting into the gap left by missing teeth
- Prevents risk of additional tooth loss
- Eliminates the need for ill-fitting dentures that can cause embarrassing slippage
- Provides a permanent solution to missing teeth
- Easy to care for
- No need for denture soaks, adhesives
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Candidates for dental implants include those who:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Currently have bridges or dentures
- Suffer from low self-esteem due to missing teeth
- Suffer from chronic gum disease or periodontal disease
- Struggle to eat your favorite foods
- Are in good overall health
- Are not undergoing treatment for cancer
- Do not take medications that are contraindicated for surgery
- Have sufficient jawbone to support dental implants
If you have insufficient jawbone to support dental implants, our Implantologists will perform bone grafts to regenerate bone and tissue to support dental implants.