Dental implants set a foundation for replacement of missing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With dental implants, dental health can be preserved through the maintenance of natural bone and soft tissue around teeth.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium (a lightweight metal) post that can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost one tooth or several due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other cause.
Though high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, because implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants integrate (fuse) with the jawbone, so an implant is highly stable and enables you to bite and chew naturally. Long-term studies continue to show remarkable success rates for implants.
Why dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:
- Aesthetic: In the absence of the root of a tooth, the bone in your jaw can shrink. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.
- Biocompatible: Since the titanium fuses and integrates with your bone, the dental implant is stable and comfortable.
- Tooth saving: Dental implants can replace one or more teeth without affecting the neighboring ones. Implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth the way a bridge might, because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant.
- Stable: Removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Because dental implants integrate with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture tends to be comfortable and stable, and allows you to bite and chew naturally.
- Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are regarded as an excellent option for tooth replacement.
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