A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is integrated into a patient’s jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge; usually via a screw attachment. They’re an ideal choice for people who have lost a tooth or several teeth due to an injury, disease or another reason.
Tooth loss is a very serious issue. For one, it can dramatically impact one’s ability to eat. Therefore, nutrition intake and diet become a concern. Tooth loss can cause speech difficulties and can also be a catalyst for more damage.
Dental implants offer an array of benefits. They look more natural, making it very hard for anyone to tell that you ever lost a tooth in the first place. They also allow you to eat more comfortably, knowing that they won’t fall out or break when eating and speaking.
Common questions about dental implants
What is a dental implant?
Made from medical grade titanium, dental implants resemble a screw and when placed, replicate a missing tooth root by naturally bonding with the jawbone. An implant provides a solid foundation to which a crown, bridge or denture may be secured.
Why opt for a dental implant?
As a tooth replacement, dental implants offer the closest thing to natural teeth. They are more secure than removable dentures and fill the spaces without modifying any adjacent teeth.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
Many diagnostic procedures will be undertaken prior to any appointments being made for dental implant placement. Our team will check your bone levels, ensure there is sufficient spacing so no adjacent teeth are damaged and ensure you do not have a compromised medical history.
How long will the treatment take?
Depending on where the implant is placed in your jaw, full integration of the dental implant into the bone can take anywhere from 4-9 months.
How long do dental implants last?
Every patient’s results will vary. Scientific studies have shown that properly maintained dental implants that are anchored with sufficient healthy bone can last for many, many years. Some minor repairs may be expected like any other dental appliance.
If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, contact our friendly team and arrange a consultation to discuss a solution.