A dental implant serves as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. Using implants to replace missing teeth offers an opportunity to live daily life as if teeth were never missing. Once in place, not only is the mouth structurally sound again, but the patient is able to speak, eat without discomfort, and engage others without embarrassing overtones that missing teeth can sometimes cause.
An implant is made up of an artificial titanium root and post, and a crown. Several posts can be used to secure a bridge or denture. When proper care is taken, implants and their attached crowns, bridges or dentures can last a lifetime.
Biologically compatible materials such as titanium that make up the implant root. When implanted into the jaw bone, these materials osseointegrate, i.e. attach to the bone in a permanent way. This forms an extremely strong bond as they are physically attached and integrated with the living bone tissue. Once in place, a single crown, or other appliance such as a bridge, partial or full denture can be attached. This forms an extremely solid foundation for restorations in the mouth, and offers an almost unnoticeable replacement.
Often times dentures suffer from slipping due to the adhesives that are used to hold them in place. With implants this does not present a problem. Additionally, while bridges and dentures fill gaps in the tooth line, they do not work to fill a void in the underlying jaw bone. Over time, the jaw and gum line can thin or weaken in these spots. Implants strengthen these locations by providing a platform to which bone can adhere and continue to flourish.
Implants can be used to solve a wide variety of dental problems. We'll be happy to discuss your options for a dental implant and create a plan tailored just for you.