What is a dental implant?

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Missing teeth due to injury, tooth decay or gum disease can be embarrassing. Bridges, partials and dentures are restoration options, however, a dental implant is a more modern solution that looks and feels as though it is part of your mouth.

A dental implant begins as a titanium post that is placed into the bone as an artificial tooth root. Over the next 4 to 5 months, the bone grows in next to the titanium, locking it in to provide a secure platform for the prosthesis. A crown, denture, or bridge is then attached to the implant or implants.

Implants can be a better solution for missing teeth for a variety of reasons. Some teeth may not be strong enough to hold a bridge. Removable dentures may slip and can lead to bone loss. Both have a lifespan of 7 to 15 years.

Implants are a close second to your natural teeth and can replace a single missing tooth, a mouthful of dentures, or anything in between. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. An evaluation from your dentist and oral surgeon will determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants.