A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed 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 decay, an injury or periodontal disease. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions and with diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies have and continue to show much higher success rates for dental implants than conventional bridges and removable partial dentures.
Dental Implant Benefits
Dental implants replace missing teeth or teeth that are decaying or cracked and cannot be restored. As with many cosmetic dentistry procedures, dental implants have many benefits.
- Dental implants look, feel, and act like natural teeth
- The care for them is the same as your natural teeth
- They prevent your jawbone and gum line from shrinking or collapsing due to the space of missing teeth
- Dental implants are permanent and do not need to be replaced
- They can be replaced if damage occurs
- There is no need to take them out as with dentures
- They don’t shift or slip with eating or speaking
- They prevent bone loss and keep the youthful shape of your bone tissue
- They are not noticeable and they blend with your natural teeth
- Dental implants may last a lifetime
- If you want solid/nonremovable teeth again, then implants are the best option