Dental implants can be a lifelong replacement for dentures or a way to replace one or more missing teeth.
Typically made of titanium, dental implants replace missing tooth roots and are used as the foundation to replace missing teeth. Topped with a crown to match existing teeth, they are reliable, strong and comfortable. Implants are a natural-looking alternative to consider when replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Because dental implants are supported by bone and not the gums, more of the chewing force of natural teeth can be restored with implants than with dentures. Implants will not slip when a patient eats or talks. They are cared for with brushing, flossing and dental visits, just like natural teeth. Other cleaning products may also be recommended.
Implants are placed during a minor surgical procedure, which may require more than one visit. They are placed in the bone, which heals around the implant to provide strength and permanently anchor it in the jaw.
Patients with a good amount of bone remaining and no gum disease are candidates for dental implants. Treatment for gum disease may be needed before implants can be placed.