A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that must be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth. They are permanent and allow you to eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment. The procedure has a good success and is a great investment. Do dental implants hurt?No. A local anesthetic is given before the procedure to alleviate discomfort. If you have anxiety or fear be sure to discuss sedation options with your dentist.
How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants will last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.