Are you one of the 70 million people in the United States missing some or all of your teeth? This can be debilitating and embarrassing because of the following reasons:
- Nutrition suffers.
- Your smile is unpleasant.
- Your teeth have moved and fallen into empty spaces which may create bite issues.
- You cannot eat the foods you enjoy.
- Your dentures slip or fall out when talking or eating.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants act as a substitute tooth root or root replacements used to replace missing teeth or to hold a denture in place. They may be used to replace individual teeth, bridges, or as an attachment for a complete or partial denture. It is a screw-like fixture that is made of the same biologically-compatible titanium materials as artificial knees, hips or other prosthetic appliances. After the implant is placed, a period of time (usually 2-4 months) is required for it to fuse to the surrounding bone and become anchored. A customized crown (or denture) is then fabricated by your general dentist and attached to the implant.
Dental implants have been used for several decades and can give full function and support much like natural teeth. The approved and tested dental implant systems used in our office have many scientific studies to support them and are generally very successful.