Dental implants have improved the quality of life for millions of people. Whether you are missing one tooth or several, dental implants can restore a lasting smile and a sense of well-being. You’ll no longer have to suffer the embarassment, discomfort and inconvenience of dentures or missing teeth.
Dental implants are not only a more convenient and better looking tooth replacement technique, they are also better for you. Over time, missing teeth can result in bone loss, also known as edentulism. The reason for bone loss is simple: one of the primary functions of the jaw is to support teeth. When there are no teeth to support, Mother Nature assumes there is no more need for the jaw bone so it slowly, progressively dissolves away. Since dental implants actually replace the tooth root and not just the tooth, they function as your natural teeth would, above and below the gumline.
Generally, anyone healthy enough for a routine tooth extraction is a candidate for dental implant placement. Certain factors may complicate your suitability for dental implants. Consult your dentist to find out if dental implants may be right for you.
For a more detailed description of the dental implant procedure, and for before & after photos, see our page on Dental Implants