What are Implants?
Implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically placed beneath your gums. After placement, the implants fuse to the bone of your jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth-singularly or grouped on a bridge or denture-are then mounted to the implant. These replacement teeth are just like conventional crowns, bridges or dentures and are made of porcelain, porcelain and metal, or polymer resin.
Benefits of Implants
One main advantage of implants, is that they fuse to the jawbone, offering stable support to artificial teeth. Dentures, bridges, or individual teeth mounted to the implants won’t slip, or shift in your mouth. This secure fit helps the replacement teeth feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
Are Implants for Me?
Candidates need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must be committed to keeping these structures healthy. Because implant placement involves more than one oral surgery. Candidates must be in overall good health. Long-term medication use and certain behaviors, like smoking, may also affect the stability of the implant over time. With regular dental visits and good oral hygiene, one can expect long-term success of dental implants. Talking with your dentist is the best way to determine whether dental implants are an option for you.