What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to
provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel and
function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the
ability to eat virtually anything, knowing that teeth appear natural
and that facial contours will be preserved. Patients with dental
implants can smile with confidence.
themselves are tiny titanium posts, which are root replacements (artificial tooth roots) positioned
where teeth are missing. These metal anchors act as tooth root
substitutes. The bone
bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial
teeth. Small implant posts are then attached to the artificial roots. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial
replacement teeth (implant crowns).
Implants also help preserve facial structure, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Why dental implants?
Once you learn
about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve
you life. When you lose several teeth – whether it’s a new situation or
something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never
become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.
Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark,
developed this concept for oral rehabilitation more than thirty-five
years ago. With his pioneering research, Dr. Branemark opened the door
to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of
individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.
Why would you select dental implants over more traditional types of restorations?
are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good
teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial”
at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip
can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are you a candidate for implants?
you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly
and your medical and dental history reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal
for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be
What type of anesthesia is used?
majority of dental implants and bone graft can be performed in the
office with local anesthesia.
Do Implants need special care?
the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if
you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking
the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping
regular dental appointments