As we age, some of us will lose teeth due to disease, injury, or simple daily wear. In addition to bringing about unwanted changes to a person's facial appearance, missing teeth have a negative effect on that person's confidence and self-esteem. With the introduction of implant dentistry, however, those who are missing one, two or several teeth no longer have to accept a lifetime of embarrassment and inconvenience. Dental implants, sturdy titanium posts that are anchored directly into the jawbone and topped with realistic replacement teeth, provide the security and usability of permanently placed teeth.
Dental implants are man-made replacements for natural teeth. The implants themselves are artificial tooth roots carefully placed in the gum or jawbone, on which replacement teeth become permanently secured.
Dental implants are permanently fixed in the mouth. So you may brush your teeth once again without having to deal with the embarrassment of removing your teeth, or having to cut down on your adjacent teeth in order to receive a bridge. As a result, this allows you to return to the comfort and function associated with natural teeth.
Implants provide a solid foundation of support in the mouth for permanent, non-removable teeth. Increased chewing ability means you can enjoy more nutritious foods, contributing to your overall health and well-being. In short, dental implants improve the quality of your life.
Dental implants are a vast improvement over conventional dentures. They're more stable and user-friendly than many other teeth replacement options, and because the posts that secure dental implants in place are integrated into the jaw, they also help prevent bone loss and gum recession (because the pressure of chewing on the implant's crown stimulates the underlying bone and prevents it from deteriorating from disuse). However, some medical circumstances - including radiation therapy in the mouth area, and diseases such as diabetes -- lower the success rate for implant dentistry. For that reason, patients must undergo a rigorous screening process before they may proceed with implant dentistry.
Dental implants are just one of the procedures in a cosmetic dentist's arsenal, other procedures include professional teeth whitening, ceramic crowns and bridges and porcelain veneers.