A dental implant is a superior alternative to fixed bridges, complete, or partial dentures. Each implant typically consists of a biocompatible titanium implant that replaces the root or roots of a missing or extracted tooth. The implant is placed in a simple surgical procedure under local anesthesia and allowed to heal. Once healing has taken place a crown, bridge, or denture is seated on the implant to fully restore the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants can be very beneficial for candidates in need of restorative dentistry. The main benefit of a dental implant is the full restoration of the chewing and biting function lost when a tooth is extracted without compromising any other teeth by preparing them for a bridge which involves the destruction of often healthy tooth structure. Whereas most bridges and dentures will eventually need to be replaced due to decay or wear, the majority of implants can last a lifetime. Implants also restore the aesthetics of a full smile by being the most natural of all dental prostheses in appearance. Another benefit is the prevention of the drifting of teeth that results when a tooth is extracted. Keeping any natural teeth in place is important for your periodontal health and comfort. Dental implants will bring confidence back into your bright smile.