What Are Dental Implants?

Quite simply, dental implants are artificial replacements for natural tooth roots. They attach firmly into the gum and jawbone, becoming quite solid. Your general dentist then places a crown onto this artificial tooth root, which looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor partial and full dentures.

When Are Dental Implants Appropriate?

Dental implants are one method of tooth replacement. Other methods are bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. Your general dentist is the judge of which method is most appropriate.

What Are Some of Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • More attractive appearance.
  • Speech improvement.
  • Greater comfort.
  • Greater ability to chew food naturally.

Why Is a Fixed Restoration Better?

Implants look and feel like natural teeth. As dental implants are fixed in the jaw, they present none of the problems that can be associated with removable appliances such as dentures and partial denture, including:

  • The slipping, irritation and pain that can accompany dentures.
  • The tedious removal for overnight soaking and cleaning.
  • Family members seeing you without teeth.
  • Reattachment with adhesives.

What Is the Success Rate of Implants?

The success rate of osseointegrated dental implants is between 94 and 98 percent. If you are a non-smoker with good oral hygiene habits, the success rate is closer to 100 percent.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Dental implants integrate into the jawbone. Implants have been in patients’ mouths for 25 years. With excellent oral hygiene and regular cleanings, your implant should last a lifetime.

How Are Implants Placed?

First, a detailed, clinical examination will be done to ensure that you are a good candidate for implants. If so, planning will be done in conjunction with your general dentist to ensure that your implant is placed safely and in the right location. Then, your dental implant will be placed by us during a routine office visit. The procedure can be done under a local anesthetic.

Are Dental Implants Expensive?

Dental implants do cost more than conventional dentures, but they will last longer than dentures.

How Predictable Is the Procedure?

The success rate of dental implants is between 94 and 98 percent. If patients practice good oral care and maintenance of their implants and receive periodic periodontal care if needed, dental implants can be their friends for life.

Am I a Candidate for Implants?

Implants begin with an evaluation by your general dentist, who will decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure. If your dentist feels implants might be possible, he or she will send you to us for a placement evaluation.