A dental implant is just what it sounds like: an artificial replacement tooth. It is not simply optional or cosmetic. Seating a dental implant in the jaw bone actually helps prevent bone loss in that area in a way that bridges and partial dentures can’t. In addition, partials and bridges can’t be used without cutting down healthy teeth for fit. That exposes those previously healthy teeth to more risk and potential problems.
Good news! A single tooth implant lasts beyond 10 years 98% of the time when placed in good bone. That is a big difference from 3-unit bridges. They only last up to 10 years 50% of the time. Think of it this way: would you rather get an implant that should last more than 10 years, or a bridge that is likely to fail before it reaches 10 years?
Although it is a surgical procedure, dental implant surgery has a relatively short recovery period. After recovery, most patients experience no discomfort. For your comfort during surgery, we offer multiple sedation options. Ask us for more information!
After you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, you may wear dentures or partial dentures as a replacement solution. Most partials and dentures look natural and attractive, and are much more comfortable than in the past. When our expert cosmetic dentists create your set of full or partial dentures, count on receiving an excellent fit.
With implants, partials, or dentures, you can have a lifetime of smiles – even after losing teeth.