Dental implants are frequently the best option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than removable dentures, or fixed bridges, dental implants are the long-term replacements of choice. The implant is an artificial root usually made of titanium. Dental implants are inserted into the patient’s jawbone and therefore, feel and look and act as natural teeth. Our doctors will work to ensure your dental implant is comfortable and securely in place so your confidence and smile are restored.
Statistics show that most of adults under 50 have lost at least one permanent tooth. By age 75 nearly a third of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Twenty years ago, these patients would have had no alternative but to employ a fixed bridge or removable denture to restore their ability to eat, speak clearly, and smile. Fixed bridges and removable dentures, however, are not the perfect solution and often bring with them a number of other problems.
Removable dentures may slip or cause embarrassing clicking sounds while eating or speaking. The patient needs months if not years to get used to them. Of even greater concern, fixed bridges often affect adjacent healthy teeth while removable dentures lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced several times over a lifetime.