Dental implants are changing the way people live!
Dental implants function as replacement teeth for missing teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural and that their facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are small titanium posts that are securely placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone fuses with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the artificial tooth root. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Previous to dental implants being available, missing teeth were restored using removable partial dentures or cemented multiple unit bridges (that required preparation of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth).
Usually a specialist, either an oral surgeon or periodontist, places the titanium post (which acts as a tooth root). After a time period of 3-4 months (giving time for the bone to solidify around the implant) the implant is ready for a crown. The dentist then adds the tooth crown into the implant to complete the tooth replacement where the missing tooth was.
With dental implants, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh, and enjoy life.