Dental implant (artificial tooth root) is a custom-made piece of biocompatible metal (so your body does not reject this material) that are surgically placed under the gums to fuse to the jawbone. Dental implants are another alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. In essence, dental implants can act and look like natural teeth. And, because they maintain bone mass, dental implants can help prevent additional tooth loss as well as the sunken facial appearance associated with missing teeth.
Dental implants can also be used to secure appliances such as dentures and dental bridges. Implant secured dentures, for example, virtually eliminate the problems associated with conventional dentures while still allowing the dentures to be removable for dental hygiene procedures.
- Most similar to natural teeth in look and feel
- Can be placed without altering or grinding down nearby teeth
- May prevent sunken facial appearance caused by tooth loss
Those that are not ideal candidates for dental implants are patients with not enough bone structure, who smoke, are insulin-dependent diabetics, drink excessive alcohol, or have healing problems.
Implant key points:
- The implant process is usually done with local anesthesia.
- The process can take up to nine months to complete.
- Healing can take up to six months.
- The success rate of dental implant are between 85-95 percent.
Proper oral hygiene is necessary for maintenance, and poor hygiene is big reason why dental implants fail. Brushing around the fixtures twice daily is essential an implant procedure.