What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have quickly become a top choice for patients who must replace missing teeth because of injury, gum disease, or tooth decay. They are considered by many patients to be life-changing! Those who have dental implants discover a new confidence to laugh, eat, speak in public, and interact socially. The procedure is more expensive than other tooth replacement treatments such as dentures, but the benefits are great.
Dental implants last longer than dentures – Bridges and dentures provide no support for the jawbone. Even though the missing teeth may be replaced with dentures, the underlying bone structure starts to dissolve away. Ultimately, there can be serious problems with bone structure and jaw structure. However, dental implants maintain the integrity of the bone structure because the dental implants are attached to rods that are implanted directly in the bone.
Dental implants are more comfortable to the patient than dentures – Dentures can be bulky because of the base to which the replacement teeth are attached. Since dental implants are embedded directly into the jawbone, they feel just like your real teeth. They also function like real teeth as you talk and eat.
Dental implants look much better than dentures – Not only do implants feel like real teeth, they also look like real teeth. It would be nearly impossible for anyone to tell that the replacement teeth are not your own, original teeth. This knowledge brings great confidence.
The practical concept of dental implants is quite simple. Small titanium posts are embedded directly in the jawbone wherever any teeth may be missing. The natural-looking replacement teeth are attached directly to the posts.
The procedure involves three basic steps:
- Metal anchors, functioning as new roots for your teeth, are surgically implanted directly in your jawbone wherever teeth are missing.
- Small titanium posts are attached to these metal anchors.
- The new replacement teeth are attached directly to the titanium posts
The entire dental process typically takes six to eight months. Another advantage is that it generally will not disrupt your normal schedule in any major way.