A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, made of titanium, placed into the jawbone. It simulates natural tooth root and serve to support a dental prosthesis such as crown or bridge. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the upper or lower jawbone of your mouth to serve as a root replacement for a tooth. The implants remain below your gum surface for 3 to 6 months, and during this time, the dental implant gradually fuses to your jawbone. After the healing time is complete, small posts are attached to the implants and a prosthetic tooth is inserted in the post. In-turn, you have a tooth that looks and acts naturally.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
While there are many benefits to dental implants, you might be asking if dental implants can work for you. Good candidates for implant dentistry need to have an adequate amount of jawbone to complete the procedure. You must also have healthy gums and understand what the procedure involves.
The Benefits of Dental Implant Treatment
Dental implants retain your natural face shape, and smile. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of your jawbone. Dental implants protect your healthy bone.
Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup like dentures. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth.
Dental implants allow you to speak easy, so you’re not embarrassed. Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.
Dental implants allow you to eat your favourite foods! You can bite naturally, and eat anything you want with dental implants.
Dental implants also protect your healthy teeth. Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge. In contrast, dental implants go in the jawbone where your missing tooth root was, without damaging healthy teeth.
Dental implants are more predictable than other repair and restoration methods. Dental implant treatment by proven implant dentists has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth, including bridgework, removable appliances and retreatment of failing root canal (endodontic) therapy.