What is a Dental Implant?
An Ideal Solution
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
The science behind this technology is the same as used by Orthopedic Surgeons in the replacement of knees and other joints.
Dental implants are more tooth-saving than traditional dental bridgework, because implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
When a tooth is lost the teeth shift, bone absorbs, and your bite changes causing TMJ--unless a dental implant is used to replace the missing tooth. The implant will feel and function like a natural tooth. You will fell younger. It will restore your confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.
The procedure usually takes a few appointments and a little waiting period to allow the implant to be integrated into the jawbone. Under proper conditions and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.