Dental implants are the most preferred tooth replacement option for dentist and patients alike. The advancement of dental implants provides patients with many options to have natural-like, long-lasting teeth. Multiple dental implants can be placed next to each other, can be placed in various sites of the mouth, or can be placed as anchor/abutment implants to support a bridge. Unlike partial dentures or bridges, dental implants feel like natural teeth, preserve bone and tissue, are easy to care for, are safe for adjacent teeth, and are comfortable.
Dental implants, themselves, are threaded titanium posts (root forms) which are placed into the jawbone. Titanium is the metal of choice for dental implants because it is biocompatible and fuses well with living bone. After appropriate healing and integration of the implants has taken place, the implants are restored with implant crowns or an implant bridge by your dentist. Throughout the entire implant process, we will work as a team with your general dentist and communicate regularly.
While dental implants have no risk of developing cavities, they are still susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease. It is very important to keep the bone and tissue healthy around the implant by daily brushing and flossing. Along with good oral hygiene, visit your dental professional for regular cleanings and exams. With proper maintenance and home care, implants can last a lifetime.