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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jaw bone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and holds a replacement tooth or bridge. Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing to mimicking a natural tooth because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has great stability

When would someone need a dental implant?

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. The goal of teeth replacement is to restore function as well as aesthetics.

(1) removable dental appliance (full denture or partial denture) (2) fixed dental bridge (3) dental implant. Deciding on which option to choose depends on many factors. Specifically for dental implants, these factors include:

  • location of missing tooth or teeth
  • quantity and quality of the jawbone where the dental implant is to be placed,
  • health of the patient
  • cost
  • Patient preference

Advantages of Dental implants:

  • Conservative - missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth.
  • Dental implants integrate into the bone structure, they are very stable and feel of one's own teeth.