What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a special surgical-grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, under strict sterile conditions, that is inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface. The bone bonds to the post, forming a secure foundation to which your new teeth can be attached.
Implants can replace a single tooth, or a full set of teeth.
What are the advantages of implants over bridges?
Whether it is being used to replace a single tooth or several teeth, an implant offers several advantages.
Replacement teeth attached by implants feel and function like your real teeth. They allow you to speak and chew more naturally. Implants integrate with your jawbone, so they help to keep it strong and healthy. They’re easier to keep clean, so your gums stay healthier. With bridges, on the other hands, your gums may recede, leaving you with a visible metal base and a less attractive smile. The cement in bridges may also wash out, leading to decay between teeth.
Bridges are attached to adjacent teeth, which have to be ground down to make room for the bridge. A tooth implant doesn’t require that grinding, so your adjoining teeth remain intact and less susceptible to decay.
The major benefits of implants include:
- - A better ability to chew
- - An improved appearance
- - Increased confidence with speaking, smiling, and chewing
- - Maintenance of a healthier diet
- - Compared to traditional crowns and bridges implants are considered far more beneficial over time
- - Implant placement success rates today are nearly 95%