If you’ve ever lost a tooth or have had one extracted by your dentist, dental implants are often the solution. These replacement teeth are permanent, and once placed, they never need to be removed.
Dental implants are usually made of titanium. Why? Because titanium is strong – it’s also used to stabilize broken bones and replace bad joints.
Dental implants are often cylindrically shaped and screwed into the bone where a tooth was lost. After the implant has healed into the bone, a replacement tooth will be fixed on top of the implant. Implants help you regain the ability to chew, and improves the appearance of your teeth.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- Dental implants have a life-span of 25-plus years
- Implants reduce the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is lost
- Unlike traditional bridges, implants leave neighboring teeth unharmed
The Implant Procedure
Your dentist will guide you through the process of getting your dental implant. Some people may need one tooth replaced, some people may need more.
The biggest factor in decisions regarding your implant are gum health and bone health. If the bone is insufficient or weak to support the implant, a bone graft can be done to make the bone healthy enough for implant replacement.