A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support.
Implants can also be used as support for an implant bridge or for partial dentures.
There are many advantages to dental implants.
- Dental implants are designed to fuse with your bone and they become permanent. Hence it gives the appearance of natural teeth.
- With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble. Dental implants allow you to speak without worrying that the teeth might slip.
- Sliding dentures make chewing difficult. Since dental implants function like your own teeth, you can eat your favorite food with comfort.
- Lastly, dental implants give you back your smile and confidence.
Success rates of dental implants vary from person to person. It also depends on the location in the jaw, where the implants are placed. However, in general, dental implants have a good success rate. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime!