Patients can suffer tooth loss for a variety of reasons today despite great improvements in dental care.  In the past, the only treatment options available to replace missing teeth were bridges and dentures.

Today, dental implants are another alternative.

Dental implants replace the missing tooth roots and provide a strong foundation for removable or permanent teeth.  Dental implants offer many advantages to other methods of replacing missing teeth.

Teeth replaced with dental implants become permanent once they have fused to your bone and they look and feel like your own teeth.  Patients with ill-fitting dentures that move or slip often complain of difficulty with speech.  Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that your teeth might slide.  Also, because the implants are permanent, they are more comfortable and they remove the potential embarrassment of teeth that move or drop.  As a result patients feel better about themselves.

When dental implants are used there is no need to cut down other teeth as would be done with a tooth-supported bridge thereby preserving the patient’s remaining teeth improving their long term oral healthcare outlook.  Oral hygiene is easier when implants are used because access between teeth is preserved.

Success rates for dental implants vary from about 90% in the upper jaw to 95% in the lower jaw.  Dental implants are very durable and will last many years, possibly even a lifetime if cared for properly.

Generally, anyone in good enough health to undergo a tooth extraction can be considered a good candidate for a dental implant.  At the time of your consultation, your gums and bone will be evaluated as will your commitment to good oral hygiene.