Dental implants are fast becoming the gold standard for tooth replacement. They are an excellent option for people who want to replace a single lost tooth, several missing teeth, or anchor their full dentures.
Designed to look, feel, and function like natural teeth, implants give patients confidence and value for their investment. Because they are integrated into the jaw, implants are long-lasting and durable. These permanent artificial replacement teeth bond with the bone of your upper or lower jaw and look and feel like natural teeth. They allow people to eat all foods comfortably without fear of slippage or breakage. No more insecurities about missing teeth or insecure dentures—implants can help people regain their confidence and willingness to smile, speak, and eat in public.
Clinical research shows that dental implants also help preserve the jaw bone and reduce bone resorption and deterioration. They actually restore jawbone structure by reducing the load on the remaining teeth and preserving natural tooth tissue. Implants can also help improve bite and preserve facial structure.
Almost anyone at any age with healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw is a candidate for dental implants. Even with jawbone issues, your dentist or dental specialist can graft bone to build up the jawbone and make implants a possibility. The implant procedure involves extensive examinations, and X-rays before the titanium metal root is surgically implanted. After it heals and bonds with the bone, an abutment, or post is placed to connect the replacement tooth with the implant. Implantology is constantly evolving as well. Procedures that took months of work and healing years ago, can be done with less time today. Some implants involve implant and tooth placement at the same time. In addition to looking and feeling natural, implants also give a stable base for anchoring fixed bridges of several teeth, making dentures a worry of the past.
Best of all, implants can be treated and cared for just like natural teeth — and with regular brushing and flossing, will last years.