What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that serve as artificial root replacements. They fit into small holes your dentist prepares in your jawbone. Your own bone tissue fuses to the implant, permanently securing it in place. Dental implants are designed to support tooth restorations (crowns or bridges).
- All ceramic crown
- Gum tissue (gingiva)
- Dental implant
- Tooth root
Who should consider dental implants?
Patients of all ages are candidates for this procedure. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to dental disease, injury, or some other reason.
Did you know that ...?
- without the root structure of a natural tooth present the jawbone can shrink, making your face look older than it is
- there are no loose parts to worry about losing
- the dental implant is stable and comfortable
- dental implants are so natural looking it is often difficult to tell them from your natural teeth
- normally, a dental implant will serve its owner for life
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not require your dentist to grind down a perfectly healthy tooth or use your existing teeth or neighboring teeth for support. The end result is a beautiful, natural looking smile and a dentition that lets you chew and eat as though you never lost a tooth.