The dental implant is today's state-of-the-art tooth replacement method. It consists of a very small titanium post (the actual implant), which is attached to a lifelike dental crown. The crown is the only part of this tooth-replacement system that is visible in your mouth. The implant itself rests beneath your gum line in the bony socket that used to hold your missing tooth. Two, four or more implants can be used to support multiple crowns, or even an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth, dental implants are preferred by doctors and patients alike. That's because dental implants are:
- Most like natural teeth
- The longest-lasting tooth replacements
- Able to prevent bone loss
- Safe for adjacent natural teeth
- Easy to care for
Throughout history, there has always been a quest to develop a method to replace missing teeth. Thirty years ago, the fixed partial denture, commonly known as a bridge, was considered to be the preferred state-of-the-art tooth replacement option. Prior to the fixed bridge, patients had to replace their missing teeth with a removable partial, which was not very life-like. Thankfully, dental researchers continued in their quest to develop yet an even more natural tooth replacement option. Implants have now replaced all other restorative options as truly the best method to restore missing teeth.
Dental implants have many advantages over the previously mentioned older methods of tooth replacement options like bridges and dentures — from the way they function and feel to the way they look and last. Vigorous research has documented and confirmed that in the right situations, dental implant success rates are over 95%. It is no exaggeration to say that they have revolutionized dentistry. Contact our office to see how implants may even change your life!