Dental implants are metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called “osseointegration”, the jawbone attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability.
Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gum line and serves as an anchor for the replacement teeth. After your gums have healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.
Because dental implants are patterned after the structure of your natural teeth, they provide a highly stable support system for the replacement teeth or dentures. Other benefits included:
Improved biting pressure: Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 500 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. If you’ve worn dentures for a long time, pressure may be diminished significantly, to one-tenth that of natural teeth. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
Comfort and fit: Because your replacement teeth are anchored securely to the implants in your jawbone, they can’t slip and slide like unsecured dentures can. When dentures aren’t secure enough, they often cause sores in the mouth and an annoying clicking sound. Dental implants eliminate these problems.
Longevity and reliability: With proper oral hygiene and care, scientifically tested and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with few complications.
Increased self-confidence: Because dental implants function remarkably like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence once they realize they can chew, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.
If you face the loss of one or several teeth or if you’re dissatisfied with dentures or other options available to you, you may find that dental implants are right for you. Age is not typically a major factor: successful dental implants have been performed on young people as well as the elderly.
During your initial consultation, we’ll help you decide. In general, we look for the following characteristics:
The care you give your dental implants makes a tremendous difference in the overall satisfaction you experience, as well as the longevity of the implant itself. With proper oral hygiene habits- brushing, flossing and regular dental check -ups – your implant will serve you well.
Implant procedures and costs vary per patient. Cost cannot be determined without a comprehensive oral examination and diagnostic x-rays. If implants sound of interest to you, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation, during which a specific treatment plan designed to meet your dental needs will be presented to you.
Dental implants require a time commitment and dedicated oral hygiene routine for optimal maintenance. In addition, implants require a greater financial investment than that of a removable bridge or conventional denture. However, many people discover that the end results- a healthy smile, comfort, greater chewing ability and the confidence that comes with it- make dental implants well worth the investment.