Missing teeth affect your smile in more ways than one. They alter your chewing habits, speech, the shape of your cheek, even your digestion – which can all affect your comfort and confidence.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. These artificial roots (usually made of titanium) provide a stable point of attachment for crowns, dentures or bridges.
Multiple visits are required for the entire implantation process, starting with x-rays and impressions to assess how to proceed. An oral surgeon or periodontist can place the implant. When the area is numb, the artificial roots of the implant are fitted in the jawbone. The area heals around the implant in a process called osseointegration, making the implant an integral part of the jaw structure. The reconstruction, or addition of the outer tooth, is added after the jaw has healed completely.
Implants are a solid base for your replacement teeth so your new smile not only looks original but feels natural and secure as well.
Dental implants work on the same principle as natural teeth: the base is planted in the jaw and the crown (or outer covering) replicates the missing tooth or teeth. A single implant can replace a single missing tooth without affecting neighboring teeth. Multiple implants may be fitted in a patient’s jawline to serve as a fixed base for a full set of dentures. Dental implants are safe, durable, secure, and last for years when properly cared for. They provide a solution for many dental problems and are an effective and long-lasting tool to restore your confident smile!