What are dental implants?
Dental implants are special devices used to replace teeth that have fallen out or have been removed due to disease or trauma, and they can also often be used to replace teeth that never formed or to provide anchors for dentures. Implants comprise a metal post that is implanted into your jaw bone, a prosthetic tooth or crown that can be tinted and shaped to look just like your natural teeth, and an abutment piece that's used to attach the post and the crown.
Are dental implants better than bridges?
Most patients find dental implants to be more comfortable and natural-feeling than a bridge, and because they're shaped just like your other teeth, they can also be easier to care for than a bridge, which can be tricky to brush and floss around. And because implants are designed to look and feel like a natural tooth, many people feel more self-confident with implants compared to bridges. The primary advantage of a bridge is its lower cost. Also, bridges can be used in patients where an implant may not be a good choice.
I'm interested in dental implants. Now what?
If you'd like to learn more about how dental implants can help you restore lost teeth, the first step is to have an evaluation. Implants can be a great solution for lots of people, but they're not always the best choice. During an evaluation, you'll learn about the implant process and you'll also find out if you have enough bone to support an implant. Often when bone has atrophied, it can be augmented with a bone graft that can usually be performed at the same time as the implant procedure. Implants also cost more than bridges and dentures; our staff can help identify financing solutions to make them more affordable.