If you’re missing one or more of your teeth, dental implants are a lifelong solution that provide you with the confidence and comfort you deserve. Unlike traditional restorations such as bridges or dentures, which rely on the surrounding healthy teeth to support them, dental implants replace both the lost tooth and its root. This helps preserve your natural bite and prevents bone loss in the jaw, which can impact your facial structure and cause a prematurely aged appearance.
How long does dental implant surgery take?
The implanted metal post, which acts as a tooth root, bonds with the bone in your jaw, which creates a permanent foundation for your replacement tooth or teeth. The replacement tooth, called a crown, is affixed to the top of the implant. Most patients report that they can’t tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implant-supported crown.
Another advantage of implants is that they restore full chewing force, so you can eat just about anything. This is a huge benefit over other restorations that may restrict your diet to soft foods.
A dental implant is a small titanium metal anchor that’s surgically placed in your jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Once healed, your implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. It can be used to replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth (in a bridge), or even an entire arch of missing teeth. The implants can also be used to support a removable partial or full denture that snaps in and out of place, helping eliminate the need for sticky denture adhesives or glue.