What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small titanium fixtures which are surgically placed in the upper or lower jawbone. They replace the root of your missing tooth and provide an anchor for your dental prosthesis (single crowns, bridges, and partial or full dentures). A natural appearance is achieved, and normal chewing and speech are maintained.

Considering A Dental Implant ?

The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good health, does not smoke, and has healthy gums and enough supporting bone in the jaw. But even when bone is missing due to resorption, trauma, or disease a bone graft can often be made prior to starting the implant procedure. However, a bone graft will add several months to the process. Certain conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders, a weakened immune system, or cognitive problems that interfere with postoperative care increase the risk of implant failure. The success rate of dental implants is greater than 90% over 10 years. Complications are rare, but both patient and dentist must take care to avoid infection and inflammation, just as with natural teeth. Also implants, like teeth can fracture. People who grind their teeth should consider using a mouth guard at night.

What Can Dental Implants Do For You?

Implants can replace a single missing tooth, without involving healthy adjacent teeth. Implants provide extra support for your existing partial or full denture alleviating uncomfortable movement. In many cases, implants may be placed to support a fixed bridge eliminating the need for a removable partial or full denture. Also, implants minimize gum irritation and pain often associated with removable partials or conventional full dentures.