What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a surgical component that interfaces with the bone of the jaw or skull to support a dental prosthesis such as a tooth, crown, bridge, denture, facial prosthesis or to act as an orthodontic anchor.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, your jaw is in good health, you’re a candidate for dental implants whether you were simply born without a tooth or lost one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum (periodontal) disease, infection or another reason. Dental implants also are a great option for patients who don’t want the drawbacks of, or can no longer wear, removable dentures.
Benefits of dental implants
- They are strong and stable. Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth.
- Dental implants are made to last. That makes them your best long-term, cost-effective solution.
- Dental implants allow you to enjoy life without worrying about your mouth or teeth!
- Dental implants protect your healthy bone. Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone.
- Dental implants retain your natural face shape, and smile.
- Dental implants keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup, like dentures.
- Dental implants allow you to speak easy, so you’re not embarrassed. Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words.
- Dental implants allow you to eat your favorite foods!
- No cavities with dental implants! Cavities can’t occur in an implant-restored crown, or replacement tooth.
- Dental implants are more predictable than other repair and restoration methods with a proven track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes.
What about mini implants?
For some patients mini dental implants are a potentially better option and more cost effective to boot. Mini dental implants involve a much narrower screw and a considerably less invasive procedure. They can be used to support dentures or loose dental bridges, and are often a better option than regular implants for tight spaces in the mouth. Ask us at your next appointment which type of dental implant can best meet your needs.