WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental implants represent a common procedure of permanently replacing missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth.
Despite improvements in dental care, millions of Americans suffer tooth loss – mostly due to tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, or injury. For many years, the only treatment options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. But, today, dentists have several options.
The most permanent solution currently available is dental implants, which use the unique properties of titanium to actually implant a replacement tooth into the patient’s mouth. First, a small titanium screw, the implant, is implanted in the jawbone; over the next 2-3 months, the bone actually fuses with the titanium to form an extremely strong bond. A crown is then cemented to its new titanium root. This creates a durable, natural-looking replacement for the missing tooth. Though this process takes longer than designing traditional removable dentures and fixed bridges, it is more durable with a consistent 90% plus long term success history.
You can replace 1 or more teeth almost anywhere in the mouth. Your limits are generally the quality of the bone and any major health issues. Where and how can implants be used?