If you’re missing one or more of your teeth, there are several alternatives for replacing them. Options include bridges, partials and dentures, but today more patients are opting for dental implants. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial root made with a titanium root. The implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth’s root, and an artificial tooth is then attached to the implant. Once complete, the artificial tooth is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
If you’re in good health with healthy gums and adequate bone mass, you could be an ideal candidate for dental implants. If several teeth need to be replaced, a fixed bridge may be anchored to the implants. Keep in mind that a dental implant is not a “one-time” procedure and may require several visits to the dentist or dental surgeon, so be prepared.
Like natural teeth, dental implants require proper cleaning, flossing, and regular dental visits to maintain look and integrity. Implants can be more expensive than other forms of restorative dental work. Please check with your dentist and insurance provider.
If you’re missing teeth, a dental implant can make it easier to eat, talk and smile
The closest thing to your natural teeth, a dental implant allows you to eat all the same great foods you’ve always enjoy and experience a natural-looking smile.