A dental implant is widely considered the “Standard of Care” for replacing one or more missing teeth. In typical implant treatments a minor surgery is done to place a small titanium fixture (implant) in the jaw bone. There is very little, if any, pain involved in the minor surgical procedure. The implant fuses with your jaw bone over a period of 1-3 months. New teeth are then attached to the titanium implant(s) delivering unmatched stability and longevity compared with other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures. An added bonus is that dental implants cannot decay. Decay is the number one reasons adults lose teeth
New teeth look and feel just like (or better than) the teeth they replace. There is no loss and possibly even a gain in chewing functionality between the old and new teeth. Another great benefit, rarely discussed, is that dental implants stimulate the bone and stop future bone loss.
Dental implants are the best modern day option for tooth replacement. Conventional bridges require grinding down of healthy teeth to serve as bridge abutments. Partial denture clasps adversely affect natural teeth. If dental implants are not being recommended for tooth replacement it’s time to see a prosthodontist.