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What is a Dental Implant?

what is a dental implant

Dental implants are the most successful form of treatment available for the replacement of missing teeth, offering your teeth that look, feel and function like that of natural teeth.  Loose and uncomfortable dentures can now be replaced with something that is permanent and feels like a part of you.Implants are medical-grade titanium screws placed into the jawbone as a substitute for a missing tooth root.  They are allowed to integrate naturally with the bone (a process called osseointegration) before a crown, bridge or fixed denture is fitted to replace one or more missing teeth, thus eliminating the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.

Dental implants may be needed for a variety of reasons including trauma, decay or gum disease.  Missing teeth can cause the lips and face to collapse, giving a prematurely aged appearance, as the bony structure that was once supporting a tooth or teeth has deteriorated.

The benefits of dental implants are:

  • They are a permanent solution to missing teeth
  • They are identical to your natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
  • They restore your bite by stopping the remaining teeth on either side of the space moving and rotating, which often makes it difficult to chew food efficiently
  • They improve the appearance of your smile
  • They reduce the appearance of premature aging and wrinkles
  • They help retain a bone structure

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