Dental Implants: What They Are and What They Do
Dental implants are considered the gold standard in restorative dentistry. When it comes to the replacement of missing teeth, there is no better treatment than a dental implant.
A dental implant is a post, normally made of titanium, that is inserted into the jawbone to serve as the root for a missing tooth. Over a period of several months, the post fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration. Once the post and bone are fused together, the post serves as a strong foundation onto which a false tooth can be placed.
Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth. They are strong enough to allow you to eat anything you want without the fear that it will break. They look perfectly natural, so no one will ever be able to tell that it is not a real tooth. You can speak or laugh without worrying that the implant will move or fall out. Finally, you can brush and floss normally since cleaning an implant is no different than for a natural tooth. In short, implants restore your freedom by giving you back your confidence and the quality of life you enjoyed before.
Dental implants are considered a permanent treatment for missing teeth since, if cared for properly, they can last a lifetime. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants though. You must have sufficient bone to support the implant, and certain health conditions increase the risk of complications with implant placement. For more information about dental implants or to learn whether they are right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation.
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