What are dental implants?
An implant is an synthetic replacement for your natural tooth root. Teeth are held into the jaw by the insertion of the tooth root into the jaw bone and attachment by tissue fibers. If you lose a tooth, a dental implant can be placed into the jaw in place of the root, and a new tooth crown can be built on top of that. Recent advancements in the field allow us to place implants with a 95% success rate – higher than any other tooth replacement therapy.
What is it made of?
Why should I replace my teeth?
When you lose a tooth it is important to fill the space as quickly as possible for a number of reasons:
- The teeth adjacent and opposite the lost tooth will shift into the toothless area
- Aesthetics will be compromised
- Food will get lodged in the open space causing further decline of oral health
- Bone loss can occur in the jaws limiting treatment options in the future
- Speech can be affected
What are the treatment alternatives?
Can all teeth be replaced with implants?
While dental implants are the ideal replacement for missing or hopeless teeth, there are some limitations. The condition of the remaining bone in your jaw is the most important factor in determining if implants are right for you. Often bone can be regained by bone grafting and augmentation.
Will I need to see a specialist?
What is the cost?
The costs involved will vary over a broad range patient to patient. Replacing a single tooth with an implant will cost nearly the same as replacing the tooth with a bridge. Implants will turn your denture nightmare into a dream and that is priceless.