Dental implants are providing many people with a dental solution that they never thought they would have. Implants can restore what missing teeth have taken away – a beautiful smile, the ability to eat and laugh without worrying about loose dentures, and confidence from knowing that you have a healthy, beautiful smile. Dental implants are not like dentures in that that they allow you to enjoy eating without having to worry about being able to chew your food. Implants also help protect you from the possibility of gum and bone loss, and they will not slip, so you never have to worry about an embarrassing day while eating in front of others.
Dental implants feel and function just like your own teeth and feel so natural that you may completely forget that you even lost a tooth. Unlike antiquated dentures which are anchored by your remaining teeth, dental implants actually secure your teeth so that they do not move around. They will not come loose, causing your embargo and will not cover up the taste buds in your palate.
You can also use implants with dentures or parts with the implant serving to firmly anchor the bridgework to the jawbone, which makes your feelings feel solid like your natural teeth would. Life span of implants varies some between patients, but there are many cases where they have lasted 30 years or more. By having regular cleanings and practice good home oral hygiene, implants will probably last for the rest of your life. Contrast this with the average life of only 10 to 15 years for a traditional fixed bridge.
Dental Implants have two parts. There is a hidden part, called a root form, a small, titanium screw that is surgically placed in your jawbone. This is designed to replace the natural root of your tooth. Titanium is used because it is bio-compatible, which means that the body accepts it as a natural substance. Over time, the jawbone will grow around the titanium post, creating a secure foundation for a replacement tooth.
The second, visible part of the implant is the crown. It is usually made from porcelain, and is crafted to look just like a natural tooth. The combination of the two is a fairly realistic and very functional replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.
This remarkable advancement in dental treatment has dramatically changed the quality of life for thousands of our patients by restoring health, chewing ability, and beautiful, natural smiles. Although it is a major investment, the longevity of the implants and the restoration of natural function make it worth the price.