Dental Implants are the best choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is made of titanium; a material that the bone likes and will eventually grow around it, treating it like your natural tooth. The dental implant is placed directly into your jawbone and then a cap is placed over the tooth. The implant is very strong and can last a lifetime as long as proper dental care is followed.
Are you a candidate for dental implants? First, there is no age limit…implants can be done on patients younger than 20 years old to someone well into their 90’s. Implants can benefit anyone who wants the best restoration for their missing teeth. The criteria we need includes a health assessment to assure there are no major complications caused by but not limited to smoking, diabetes etc., this along with your bone quality and the amount of bone you have left will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Our doctors will make sure that you are a good candidate before recommending dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Implants vs. Bridges
Traditional bridgework involves cutting and preparing the adjacent teeth to treat the missing tooth. This means damaging two other teeth to replace one tooth. With bridges, the crowns are connected so the individual teeth cannot be cleaned properly, making it less hygienic. Also, dental bridges will last about 10 years, whereas dental implants can last a lifetime.