Dental implants are the new standard in tooth replacement, offering a permanent solution that looks and feels like your natural teeth. When compared to traditional dentures and bridges, they offer many benefits that increase your quality of life.

With a dental implant, you can feel more confident when eating, smiling, and speaking. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants help preserve your jawbone, which can weaken over time when you lose a tooth. This can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile and difficulty chewing. Dental implants can prevent this deterioration and protect your other healthy teeth.

The best part is, unlike dentures and bridges, you don’t have to worry about removing or repositioning them. And because the implant is placed directly into your bone, it feels and functions just like a normal tooth. This is one of the reasons we have seen an increase in patients requesting dental implants to replace their dentures.

A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into the bone where your natural tooth root once stood. The implant then integrates with the surrounding bone through a process called osseointegration, and your new replacement tooth will be affixed to it. During this time, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly so we can monitor the integration and provide treatment if needed.

Another benefit of the implant is that it helps to stimulate bone growth in the area where your tooth root was. Without the stimulation, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate and shrink. This can not only affect your smile and your ability to chew, but also cause problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which can lead to jaw pain and headaches. Implants can prevent this deterioration by replacing the tooth and its root.

With the advances in diagnostics and bone reconstruction, it is now possible to restore missing teeth with implants for nearly everyone who has enough remaining healthy bone to support a dental implant. However, it is important to understand that there are some conditions and habits, such as smoking, that may prevent successful outcomes for patients seeking implant restorations.

In addition, implant surgery requires minor surgery and is not appropriate for patients with uncontrolled chronic health issues or who have received radiation therapy to the head/neck region. Lastly, it is important for patients to understand that there is a chance that an implant could fail, and in such a case, it would need to be removed and replaced. Failure rates of implants vary depending on location in the mouth, but generally are less than 5%. This means that most patients who receive implants successfully achieve a full, natural-looking and feeling replacement for their lost teeth. If you have any questions about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to call us! We will be happy to answer any of your questions and discuss the best option for you.