Implants are a free-standing option for replacing teeth. An implant is an artificial root made of titanium placed where permanent/fixed teeth are needed. The implant is placed and after a healing period a natural appearing and functioning crown is attached to it. Implants have an extremely high success rate and last a very long time. Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a great alternative to traditional bridgework and dentures. They are safe and look and feel just like natural teeth. Implants are permanently anchored into the patient’s jawbone and no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental and medical problems. Our office has extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. Implants do require several visits and take months to complete.
- What Are Dental Implants?
The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone 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 posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. 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 your 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.
- Who is a candidate for implants?
An implant candidate must have good general health, good oral health and adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant. They must also be willing to commit to conscientious oral hygiene, as implants require proper brushing, flossing and regular professional dental care, just like natural teeth.
Whether you have one or more missing or severely damaged teeth, implants offer the best, most stable and longest-lasting solution. Implant dentists Erik Wiseman & Brock Tidstrom have seen how they change patients’ lives.
Schedule an appointment or call us for a consultation to learn more about Dental Implants. Call us at (605) 692-9555