What Are Dental Implants?
According to the American Dental Association, “Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.”
Do I need Dental Implants
Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth are candidates for dental implants. In general, you may need dental implants if:
- You’re missing one or more teeth due to decay or injury
- You have loose dentures or loose partials because with implants you won’t have to worry about your dentures falling out while you’re eating or talking
- You have a broken or severely cracked tooth that won’t benefit from a crown
Advantages of Dental Implants
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay, but maintaining healthy gums is vital to lasting implant success. You must be committed to good oral hygiene at home and continue your regular dental check ups.