Replacing damaged or missing teeth is now possible with dental implants from Dr David Baker. In the past, patients had to rely heavily on dental bridges and dentures to replace their missing teeth, but advances in dentistry have made implants possible. Modern implants look, feel and function just like real teeth. Each missing or damaged tooth can be permanently replaced by anchoring the replacement implant into the jaw itself. Dental implants look and feel like the real thing, helping patients to avoid the route of partial or full dentures.
Dental implants are a surgical replacement device for missing teeth. Typically a metal material such as titanium is inserted and fastened directly into the jaw, acting as an anchor for the crown (prosthetic tooth). Once this implant is in place, the crown is then attached to the implant either via cementing it in place, or by a retainer screw.
Dental implants are usually an option for:
- Replacing a missing tooth – an implant and attached crown can replace it and look just like the real thing.
- Replacing several missing teeth – an implant and bridge can replace missing teeth.
The benefits of implants:
- Improved appearance & comfort – implants can look and feel just like a real tooth, boosting self-esteem.
- Improved chewing & overall eating – everyday activities like chewing will become easy again.
While there certain factors that may play into how successful dental implant procedures may be, the overall success rate is extremely high and very safe. Patients with otherwise healthy gums and bone are great candidates for dental implants. Speaking with your dentist can help to determine the recommended course of action after a thorough consultation.