Dental implants are comprised metal posts, which are surgically inserted into the jaw and act as anchors for artificial teeth. They look and feel just like natural teeth and can last a lifetime! While implant dentists have been using this innovative solution for years, recent advances in implant dentistry are making it easier than ever for patients to restore their smiles faster, with less post-op recovery time. And implant dentistry is one of the most successful dental procedures around, with about a 100 percent success rate!
When you think about missing teeth you may automatically think of partial dentures, full dentures and dental bridges. But implant dentistry offers an alternative to traditional restorative dental work, and it's quickly becoming more and more popular. What makes dental implants so unique are their strength and durability; by practicing good dental care habits (brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly), dental implants can last your whole life! Even with proper care and periodic denture relines, partial dentures and full dentures usually have to be replaced as changes in your mouth's structure occur over time. A dental bridge, while popular and effective, may need replacing after about 10 years, even with good care. That makes dental implants the only permanent solution for replacing missing teeth!
Implant dentistry is also very flexible and can be used in conjunction with dentures and dental bridges. A single dental implant can be used to support the dental crown in a dental bridge. And if you need to replace all your teeth, implant-supported dentures are a great substitute for removable dentures, creating a more secure, more comfortable fit.