Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots. The implants—small anchors shaped like screws, cylinders, or blades—are placed into the jawbone. Replacement teeth are attached to the part of the implant that projects through the gums.
What do dental implants do?
Dental implants can provide non-removable tooth replacements in the toothless jaw.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants can support replacement teeth in much the same way as tooth roots support natural teeth. Dental implants provide an alternative to a denture that wobbles, clicks, or causes pain. Dental implants also can prevent embarrassment about spaces from missing teeth. Instead, you can smile and speak with confidence and enjoy your favorite foods again.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to restore your ability to smile, speak, and eat with comfort and confidence, dental implants may be right for you. Perhaps your dentures don’t fit as securely or comfortably as they once did. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Or, perhaps you have loose teeth that need to be stabilized after treatment of advanced gum disease. If any of these situations keep you from feeling good about yourself and your smile, dental implants may be a solution for you. Technological advancements in dental materials and techniques have improved the success rate of implants, enabling many patients to enjoy comfort and confidence in their oral health.