With a documented success rate of over 95%, dental implants are by far the best and longest lasting way to replace missing teeth. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost. An implant will never decay or need root canal treatment, and feels just like the tooth that was there.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure is quite minor and usually requires only local anesthesia. The implant is then topped with a lifelike crown that is custom-made to match your existing natural teeth.
Implants can replace missing teeth in a variety of ways. They can be used to:
Replace One Tooth —This treatment choice has the highest success rate, making it the best long-term investment for replacing a single missing tooth. Even if the initial cost is slightly higher than other options, it is the most cost-effective solution over time.
Replace Multiple Teeth — Implant teeth can act as supports for fixed bridgework. For example, if you are missing three teeth in a row, we can place two implants, one on either side of the gap, and a crown in between that has no implant underneath.
Replace All Teeth Permanently — Implants can support an entire arch of upper or lower replacement teeth that are fixed into the mouth and are never removed. Sometimes the new teeth can be supported by as few as 4 implants.
Support Removable Dentures —Traditional dentures put pressure on the underlying bone, accelerating bone loss and causing dentures slip. Attaching a removable denture onto implants prevents dentures from slipping and preserves the bone directly beneath them.