Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants allow for a strong foundation for fixed permanent teeth or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Tooth loss can be a result from tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. Dental implants are a permanent solution to restoring and replacing missing teeth.
There are two main types of dental restorations which can be attached to dental implants. Porcelain crown replacement of a single tooth, and full or partial dentures to replace multiple teeth. A full denture or a complete dental arch, or an implant-supported bridge can be used to replace multiple teeth when needing a dental implant(s).
Single Tooth and Multi Tooth Replacements
Dental implants give patients the confidence to smile, eat, and engage in social activities without worrying about how they look. The greatest benefits of dental implants include an improved appearance, improved self-esteem, improved speech and comfort, improved oral health, improved durability and convenience, and easier eating.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
Dental implants may need to be repaired over time, as they will break down given wear and tear. The same is true for any tooth restoration held in place with implants. The implant will remain in place during the procedure, but the tooth restoration itself will be changed. Dental implants will need to be restored because the dental restoration will wear down over time. Once the restoration is removed from the implant, a new one is created and attached to the implant that is has already been set in place. The new restoration will provide a corrected proper bite, and this will relieve the jaw and tooth pain that goes along with the breakdown of a restored tooth.
Natural-Feeling Replacement Teeth
Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Well-planned and cared for implants have a high success rate. Dental implants also preserve natural tooth tissue and bone. Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves natural bone, which helps to stimulate bone growth. More than 3 million people in the United States have implants. Treatment plans will depend on your needs, medical and dental history, jawbone condition, and technique and materials needed. Consult with us for more information and to see if dental implants may be right for you.