What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium root that can be used to replace a natural tooth that is lost due to trauma, decay or gum disease. A dental implant consists of three parts: the implant, a titanium root that replaces your natural tooth’s root under the gum; an abutment, which is the foundation on which your new tooth will be seated; a crown, which is the tooth that is visible above the gum.
What are the benefits of a dental implant versus other options?
- Dental implants, because they are made of titanium, cannot get a cavity like your natural teeth.
- Dental implants keep “a one tooth problem a one tooth problem.” When you have a bridge to replace a single tooth, healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth are drilled to prepare the bridge. With a dental implant, no other teeth are affected to create your new tooth.
- To replace one or more missing teeth lost due to trauma, decay or gum disease.
- To support a bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth.
- To stabilize loose or uncomfortable dentures. Dental implants can be used to anchor dentures, keeping them in place while you are chewing and talking.
- To build a new set of teeth that both look and feel natural.