What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are the treatment of choice for people missing one, a few, or all of their teeth, and for those with failing teeth or severe periodontal disease.
A dental implant is essentially a titanium or zirconium substitute for a natural tooth root, rooted in the bone, and implants replace, look and perform like natural teeth.
The need for plastic on the roof of the mouth, or adhesives and denture creams is eliminated.
More important, the use of dental implants does not impact healthy, adjacent teeth.
For eligible patients, replacement teeth then can be restored immediately, returning a spectacular smile in a short time span, usually on the same day.
A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts:
the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone;
the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and
the crown, which is the visible tooth in the mouth, and which fits onto the abutment for a natural appearance.
With 50 years of clinical research and an overall success rate of 96%, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth