A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
“This missing tooth makes me embarrassed to smile or even to open my mouth wide to speak.”
Don’t let a missing tooth cause you to grimace and mumble your way through life. Dental implants are a long-term solution to your problem. With proper care, dental implants can last up to 20 years, and they will tear through food just like a regular tooth.
When a person begins to lose his or her teeth, a common concern is, “I don’t want to have to worry about dentures, taking my teeth in and out, and the embarrassment of having them drop into my glass in a restaurant.”
We hear you! Dental implants are the anchored solution. You don’t need neighboring support teeth as with dental bridges, as the anchors provide the support. And you can keep the surrounding teeth since the crowns are designed to match your natural teeth.