A dental implant is often the best option for those who have experienced tooth loss, and provide a good alternative to a full or partial denture, a bridge, or to replace a single tooth. Implants look and function like natural teeth and provide a more permanent result.
Dental implants, also called teeth implants, are small anchoring devices implanted directly into the jawbone. Artificial teeth are then attached to the implants. If you wish to keep your dentures, dental implants can act as stabilizing devices – keeping dentures from slipping and giving you added comfort and security.
A dental implant or implants can:
- Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture
- Support a denture, making it more secure and comfortable
Advantages of dental implants over dentures or bridges are:
- Aesthetic — Dental implants look and feel completely life-like. They integrate into the structure of your bone, preventing bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures.
- Tooth-saving — Dental implants don’t harm your bordering teeth like a bridge may — which is essential to your long-term oral health. Bordering teeth are not changed to support the implant.
- Confidence — Dental implants allow you to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
- Reliable — With proper maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.
People with good oral health who may have lost their teeth due to an accident or periodontal disease often choose dental implants for tooth replacement.