Dental Implant Overview

Why Choose Dental Implants

There are various options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants provide an excellent choice to conventional treatment of a dental bridge or removable prosthesis, such as a partial or a full denture. For most people dental implants are the best alternative. Dental implant, which is anchored in bone acts as a tooth root. This means that adjacent teeth are not modified to fill-in the gap and you get an esthetically pleasing result. Dental implant will also decrease the stress exerted on adjacent teeth because it absorbs part of the load present during normal chewing. Ultimately it means a more stable bite at a later age and less chance of developing TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) problems. Just like with everything else in life the best option is usually the most expensive. Even though the initial cost of an implant is higher the savings over a lifetime can be substantial. Visit the Financing Dental Implants section to learn more.

Replacing a Single Missing Tooth:

In the past, replacing a missing tooth meant either wearing a removable prosthesis that would fill in the gap of the missing teeth or shaving down the adjacent teeth and placing a fixed bridge.

Today dental implants allow us to fill in the space without modifying any other tooth. Placement of a dental implant within the jawbone and restoring it with a beautiful crown provides the patient with a very esthetic and long lasting solution.

Replacing Multiple Teeth

Dental implants can be used to replace several and even all the missing teeth. Depending on the condition of the existing teeth and overall bone support, the missing teeth can be replaced with either a removable dental implant supported denture or a fixed bridge anchored on dental implants. Implants provide needed stability for a complete denture, which enables the patient to look great and function with confidence.

Comparison Between Dental Bridge and Dental Implant

The chart below compares common characteristics of a dental bridge and dental implants.

Dental implants can fill in the gap between natural teeth without the need for modifying the teeth. This eliminates the potential for any post-operative complications such as tooth sensitivity, and potentially the need for root canal treatment. Because a dental implant with a crown act as a separate tooth, oral hygiene technique is the same as for natural teeth.

Fixed Dental Bridge Dental Implant
Adjacent teeth remain intact 0 +
Bone integrity preserved 0 +
Long term results 0 +
Esthetic results + +
Restores chewing function + +
Simple oral hygiene techniques 0 +