A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. In much the same way as a crown (or ‘cap’) is an artificial top of a tooth, an implant is an artificial ‘bottom’. Nothing more, nothing less.
In its simplest form, the implant holds in an artificial tooth. An implant provides the closest replacement to a natural tooth that dentistry has to offer.
Dental Implants are a Valuable Treatment Option.
Dental Implants, combined with more traditional treatment options, help us restore our patients to better oral health.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth. The implant takes the place of a tooth root. A crown is then paced on the implant, in a similar manner that a crown is placed on a tooth. The result ends up feeling very natural and is very functional. More information about replacing a single missing tooth,and alternative treatments, can be found here.
When more than one tooth is missing, and there are not enough remaining teeth to support fixed bridgework, it used to be that the only treatment options involved removable appliances. Today, dental implants can act as substitutes for supporting teeth, and tooth replacements can be made that do not come out at night.
Stabilizing lower dentures. Many people with lower dentures have problems with them. Adding implants can add stability and improve function, eliminate adhesive, and can result in an improved quality of life.
Gaggers. For people that have full upper dentures, and have gagging problems, implants allow dentures to be made without covering the roof of the mouth, greatly improving comfort.