Dental implants are changing the lives of our patients. They have become the preferred method to replace missing and failing natural teeth. Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With a dental implant, you will be able to eat virtually anything. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants helps preserve the jawbone and restore youthful facial contours. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence. Dental implants also have some advantages over natural teeth. They do not decay or need root canal treatment. As such, dental implant replacements can last longer than conventional options like tooth-supported bridges.
A dental implant is simply an artificial tooth root. The implant is made of a biocompatible material, medical-grade titanium, so it is well accepted by the body with no fear of rejection. The implants are placed into the bone where teeth are missing. The bone then bonds to the implant surface creating a strong foundation for the artificial teeth. An abutment is a component that is fastened to the implant and extends through the gum tissue to serve as an attachment for the replacement teeth.
Dental implants can be used to replace one missing tooth or an entire set of teeth. To sum it up there are three parts needed to provide you with new teeth – the dental implant, an abutment, and the replacement tooth or teeth.
Dental implants have over forty years of research with outstanding long-term results. Many studies have found that the success rate for today’s dental implants is as high as 98%. In the hands of a properly trained and skilled surgeon, implants are a safe, predictable and often the most preferred alternative to the traditional way teeth was replaced (bridges, dentures).