If you lost a tooth and wanted to replace it most naturally and permanently possible, you don’t need to look any further than dental implants. As a gold standard of care for modern tooth replacement, an implant serves as a root surrogate anchored directly into the jaw to which a natural looking crown is fixed.
Furthermore, with newer technology the success rates of dental implants are near perfect and with the right care and maintenance of the implanted teeth, they can last you a lifetime.
Individuals that wear dentures will know how uncomfortable they can be, and how frustrating it can be if they move, become dislodged, or get food caught underneath. Taking them out at night can be a source of embarrassment and can make the wearers feel older than they are. Bridges can also be an option for missing teeth, but these often require the cutting away of healthy teeth to allow them to be fixed resulting in more problems in the future.
Crowns and bridges supported by implants are designed so that you feel as comfortable as possible and allows for you to live a normal life without the worries associated with wearing a denture. Furthermore, the adjacent teeth aren’t cut and so aren’t compromised. The implants become a part of you just like any other part of your body. You will be able to chew, talk, laugh, chew gum and smile like normal, and nobody will have any indication that one or more of your teeth aren’t real.
How Do Implants Work?
Dental implants are titanium or metal-free zirconia posts that are carefully inserted into the bone where your tooth used to be. They fuse with the jaw bone throughout a few months. This forms the “root” of the tooth, and after the gum has healed, impressions can be made to design teeth that are fixed to the implants matching natural teeth.