WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
A complete dental implant restoration includes three components:
A dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.
The post becomes a strong and stable base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gum line. A crown is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth.
Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.
WHY IS IT BETTER THAN DENTURES OR A DENTAL BRIDGE?
With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjacent teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
A permanent dental implant doesn’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps the adjacent teeth.
The implant prevents bone recession and stimulates blood circulation. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.
Dentures make it hard to eat, taste, and talk. It’s more onerous to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.
Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they reduce self-confidence and quality of life.
HOW LONG DOES A TOOTH IMPLANT LAST?
If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a tooth implant, it can last a lifetime.
A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years.
Now, denture wearers have an amazing new tooth replacement option.