If you’re missing a tooth, you have a few different options for replacing it. What makes dental implants so special?
Dental implants are the closest thing to your own natural teeth. For one thing, unlike other tooth replacement options, which sit above the gumline, a dental implant is surgically placed into the bone structure so that it becomes a permanent part of your body. The titanium post then fuses to the bone through a process called osseointegration. This gives the implant remarkable stability and helps lead to the high success rate of implants.
Dental implants and bone health
With the metal post acting as a replacement tooth root, your body continues to send minerals and nutrients to the jawbone. This helps prevent bone resorption, which takes place when a tooth is lost. Other tooth replacement options don’t prevent bone resorption, which means that over time, the bone will lose density and mass. You are likely to lose more teeth, and the shape of your face may even change. With implants, however, your jawbone will stay healthier.
How dental implants are finished
The dental implant procedure can be be restored with a crown to replace a single tooth or a bridge or dentures to replace multiple teeth. We can even provide a complete denture that sits on four implants (the All-on-4 system), which combines the bone retention and stability of dental implants with the convenience and lower cost of a denture.
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