A dental implant is a small prosthetic post that is placed directly into the jaw bone to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people who have lost one or more teeth to periodontal disease, injury, or deep cavities. Unlike a bridge, implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, and result in a more natural look and feel. Dental implants are appropriate for almost anyone who is currently missing teeth or at risk of losing teeth.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants are a safe, reliable treatment choice to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are essentially “man made” roots designed to mirror the size, shape and function of a patient’s natural tooth root. With dental implants, only the missing tooth is treated- the adjacent teeth are not prepped, cut or reduced.
What is involved in getting dental implants?
Under local anesthesia, an implant is placed into the area of the missing tooth and is then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once healed, the patient is ready for impressions to be made. The implant is then restored with an abutment and crown. A final crown is placed to restore the implant to the tooth’s natural appearance and function.
Do I need a dental implant?
Dental implants can be the ideal solution for replacing missing or lost teeth and can significantly improve your quality of life by restoring your smile, confidence, comfort and peace of mind.
Dental implants can also be used as support for bridges or dentures if multiple teeth are missing.