Implants allow our patients to enjoy a healthy smile without the need for removable prosthetics or treatments that alter their other healthy teeth. In fact, implants are the longest-lasting tooth replacement treatment available in modern dentistry. Dental implants are essentially individual replacement teeth that look, feel and act as closely to a real tooth as possible. When you have to replace your missing teeth, dental implants are now regarded as the modern standard of care.
The Closest Thing to a Real Tooth
The anatomy of a dental implant mirrors that of a natural tooth. Each implant is comprised of a titanium “root” that is placed into the jaw. Titanium has long been used in other types of medical implants because of how compatible it is with our bodies. An implant root is slightly larger than a natural tooth root and held into place the very same way. As new bone growth secures the implant root into place, it gains strength that is even greater than that of your real teeth. An abutment is placed over the implant, followed by a fixed restoration such as a dental crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture.
Permanent New Teeth
Dental implants have one of the highest success rates of any type of dental procedure. They are now regarded as the choice method of tooth replacement in healthy adults, regardless of the number of teeth that need to be replaced. When properly cared for, dental implants have the potential to last an entire lifetime – something no other type of dental restoration or prosthetic teeth are capable of!
Are implants the right option for you? A thorough exam and x-ray will be needed to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implant therapy. Schedule your exam with Dr. Held today to find out more.