What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is gently placed into your jaw. Dental implants are ideal for people in good oral health who have lost one or more teeth. We know how confidence about your teeth can affect how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.

Dental Implants have proven to be the answer to many patients' dental problems. By replacing just one tooth in your mouth, they enable the restoration of a natural smile, improving patient comfort and confidence. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.

Why should you consider implants?

If you, like lots of people, have lost one or more teeth, you may be all too familiar with the unpleasant consequences. For many, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, embarrassment from loose dentures, and pain or difficulty with eating.

Traditional dentistry can provide replacements for missing teeth using bridges, removable plates and dentures; however, each of these has its problems. Bridgework usually involves altering natural teeth to provide a stable foundation for support of replacement teeth. Plates and dentures can, at times, be very unstable leading to denture sores or speech difficulties.

Another little known problem associated with tooth loss is a process known as "atrophy," a shrinking of the jawbone that can progress relentlessly over the years. Bone atrophy not only affects jaw function, but can cause adverse facial cosmetic changes. As a result, there may not be enough bone volume for dental implants, in which case additional treatment may be required.