Conservative estimates suggest that 69 percent of adults have lost at least one tooth. When you don’t replace missing teeth, remaining teeth can shift out of place. You also face additional tooth loss if you leave gaps in your smile. As well, your jawbone may deteriorate, impacting your facial shape and oral function. Dental implants provide permanent replacements for missing teeth.
What is a dental implant?
Constructed from biocompatible titanium, a dental implant is a small, metal post that functions as an artificial tooth root. An implant can replace one lost tooth, or several implants can be used to stabilize dentures.
Am I a candidate for implant therapy?
Your dentist will perform a complete evaluation to determine if dental implants are a good solution in your case. To support implants, you need to be in good oral health and have enough bone mass to hold the posts in place. If your dentist has concerns about bone tissue, he or she may recommend a bone graft before implant placement.
How successful are dental implants?
With proper care, implants have a 95 to 98 percent success rate. Treat your implants like your natural teeth, which means brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist for routine checkups.
What happens during implant therapy?
First, a skilled specialist will surgically position the posts into your jawbone. After surgery, your mouth will need time to heal. During this part of the process, the bone fuses to the implants, creating artificial tooth roots. Your dentist will complete the final phase by attaching permanent crowns to each post, giving you an attractive, full smile.