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Dental Implants

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It is a fact of life that millions of people suffer tooth loss-mostly due to tooth decay, gum disease or injury. In addition to changing facial appearance, missing teeth have a negative impact on confidence and self-esteem. For many years, the only options available for people with missing teeth were bridges and dentures.

Today, modern dentistry has the answer, and no patient needs to accept a life with missing teeth. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to these problems.

A cosmetic dentist now can implant a material that serves as a new root to replace the missing root. Sturdy titanium posts are anchored directly into the jawbone, providing a completely functional artificial root that serves as the anchor for a new artificial tooth or crown. The bone grows around the implanted post the same way bone grows around the natural root of a tooth.

The miraculous result? Dental implants that look, feel, and function exactly like a strong natural tooth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Improved appearance
  • Improved speech
  • Improved comfort
  • Improved ability to chew
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Improved oral health

Why Implants?

Dental implants can achieve the following:

  • Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth
  • Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
  • Provide support for a denture making it more comfortable and secure

Types of Implants

There are basically two types of implants used today:

  • Endosteal (in the bone). This is the most common type of implant used, and each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is often used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.
  • Subperiosteal (on the bone). These implants are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone height.

As with any dental procedure, at-home oral care and regular visits to your dentist are necessary to keep your implant in place for many years. After dental implant treatment, your dentist will develop a care plan just for you to ensure your implants, teeth, and gums remain healthy for a very long time.