A dental implant is a root shaped titanium post that replaces the root structure of a lost natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into the jaw. During healing your bone grows around the implant locking it in place. Implants can anchor a crown, bridge or a complete denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very successful and may potentially last a lifetime. Implants require the same home care as your teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Why replace a tooth with an implant?
Dental implants are now considered “the standard of care”. That means that with today’s technologies and materials available a dental implant is often the best option that modern dentistry has to offer. The implant root form stimulates bone to stay healthy and avoid the shrinkage that occurs over time in the jaw where a tooth was lost. Adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down for a bridge that risks future decay if the cement washes out. Teeth around the missing tooth often collapse into the space causing more cavities, gum disease and bite problems. The missing tooth or teeth are replaced with something that is easily maintained, feels natural and gives you the comfort and confidence you want.
Implant supported overdentures
For individuals with a complete denture, dental implants give you back the stability and retention you have been dreaming of! No longer is your denture sliding around while you eat the foods you enjoy. You can again have the confidence to laugh and talk without the fear of your denture coming loose. The mess of pastes and powders are no longer necessary.