What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a screwlike anchor that is used as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. Like teeth, they set into the jaw and fuse with the bone, keeping them firmly in place. They’re made of materials compatible with the human body and have many advantages:
- Completely natural appearance
- Ability to maintain bone mass – a quality that makes additional tooth loss far less likely.
Implants are made up of a titanium screw and a post that is covered with a crown, bridge or denture. We place the implant into the jawbone where it replaces a tooth’s root.
After several months, the implant attaches to the bone and looks and behaves just like a natural tooth, or teeth. Today’s implants support a range of replacements, from a single tooth to several, and partial or full dentures.
Their durable strength makes it possible to use them to replace as few or as many teeth as necessary. A full denture can be replaced with as little as four implants.
Unlike dentures, implants and their crowns remain inside the mouth and don’t require adhesives to hold them in place. It’s as if they’ve become a permanent piece of an entirely new smile.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have missing teeth and prefer a replacement option that benefits your neighboring teeth, then dental implants are usually the best choice. Because they stand independently of your other teeth, there’s no need to alter or reshape healthy tooth enamel (such as when a bridge needs to be anchored in place.) Implants can also be used in pairs, for larger areas of bite reconstruction.
The ideal implant candidate will have healthy bone and gum tissues. If you have good oral hygiene and see a dentist regularly, you’re likely an ideal candidate!