Dental implants provide a fixed, cosmetically pleasing solution to missing teeth. A dental implant has the look, feel and function of a natural tooth.
You may choose dental implants if you:
- Hide your smile because you have missing teeth.
- Find wearing dentures uncomfortable.
- Are unsatisfied with your removable partial dentures.
- Want to keep your other teeth in tact and prevent shifting.
Dental implants are comprised of artificial roots (usually titanium), that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The position of the implant in the bone where the prior tooth was once rooted, prevents other teeth from shifting out of place.
Benefits of dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by missing teeth.
Restore a patient’s smile.
- Restore or enhance facial muscles.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
What does getting dental implants involve?
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Next, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal. Following healing, a post or abutment is placed on the implant. To complete the procedure, the final restoration ranging from a single crown, or bridge or even a denture is attached to that abutment.