What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth (if required), all on the same day.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts (bridges and dentures). Implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. Additionally, implants may be used in conjunction with other restorative procedures for maximum effectiveness. For example, a single implant can serve to support a dental crown replacing a single missing tooth.
Implants can also be used to support a dental bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, and can be used with dentures to increase stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.
Benefits of Dental Implants for Missing Teeth
- Implants replace missing and failing teeth instantly
- Long-term solution to problems caused by missing or failing teeth
- Restore the healthy function and appearance of lost natural teeth
- Eat, chew, and speak with confidence again
- Smile with confidence again
- More secure alternatives to dentures
- No need for invasive bridgework involving the grinding down of healthy teeth structure
- Help preserve the structure of other healthy teeth
- Can replace dentures entirely providing a healthy and functional smile
- Maintains a youthful appearance and restores your natural smile