For decades, the only affordable options for replacing missing teeth were bridges or partial dentures. With years of research, development, and long-term patient case studies, dental implants are now the standard-of-care for replacing missing teeth. Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, dental implants provide an excellent restorative choice for long-term success and esthetics. Simply put, a dental implant is a piece of titanium shaped like a tooth’s root. The titanium is implanted into the area of the missing tooth in a simple outpatient procedure. The implant has threads that engage the jaw bone and hold it in place. In some cases, teeth can be immediately placed onto the implant due to the strength of the underlying bone. In other cases, where bone may be lost or of poor quality, the implant will actually integrated with the jaw as bone cells grow around and secure the implant in place.
After the implant is secure and ready to support a tooth, two more parts are added to make the treatment complete, an abutment and a crown. First, an abutment is attached to the implant. Second, a crown is fabrication to fit the abutment and match your adjacent teeth in form, color, and function.
Implants have over a 98% success rate and can last much longer than real teeth. Since implants have no parts that can decay like teeth they are in essence much stronger and longer lasting. To learn more about implants and if they are the right treatment for you, please contact our office for a consultation.