If you need to replace a missing tooth, you may have heard that dental implants provide the greatest benefit to your oral health, and offer the best long-term value. But do you understand what this tooth replacement system really is, and how it works?
The key to dental implants is the part you don't see: the implant itself, a threaded titanium post which is inserted into the bone of the jaw, and eventually fuses with it. Placement of the implant is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure carried out under local anesthesia. After it has integrated with the bone — often, in a few months — a custom-made crown that matches your natural teeth is permanently attached.
Afterwards, your new tooth will look, feel and function just like your other teeth — and, properly cared for, it can last a lifetime. The implant procedure has a long track record, and a success rate greater than 95%. Plus, it helps preserve the underlying bone structure which, if not stimulated, begins to deteriorate after tooth loss. Dental implants can be used for single or multiple tooth replacements, or as a means of supporting overdentures. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”