Are they a good fit for you?
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
What Implants Offer?
Because they fuse to your bone, implants provide a very stable support. Dentures, bridges or individual teeth mounted on implants won't slip or shift in your mouth - an especially important benefit when eating and speaking.
Natural Feel and Look
Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural.
Some people also find the secure fit of implant-supported dentures or bridges more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. To maintain the implants, patients must be in overall good health and committed to keeping their new smile healthy with meticulous oral hygiene.
The placement process may take many months to complete, can involve more than one dentist and can be costly. Some people, though, feel the investment is worthwhile and find dental implants to be the next best thing to their natural smile.