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What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial, tooth and root replacements used in prosthetic dentistry. Their purpose is to help support dental restorations, and improve oral health.  Dental Implants are fixtures (posts), typically titanium, placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of a missing tooth.  They can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or as a mean to support and secure complete or partial dentures.

The dentists at Gardens Dental Spa are well known for their ability and knowledge in dealing with dental implants.  They understand that dental implants can be done in a variety of different ways, and seeks to match the correct technique with the individual patient’s needs.

Dental Implants: Advantages

Diagram of Dental ImplantDental implants have definite advantages over conventional tooth replacement options. The dental implant serves to replace an individual tooth or teeth, without compromising the health of surrounding teeth. Dental implants blend to appear and function, the same as your natural teeth. Implants can also help to preserve bone structure by replacing some of the tooth root.  By integrating with your jawbone, dental implants ensure healthy bone is kept intact.  When looking for long term solutions, dental implants can maintain their aesthetic, functionality and comfortability for many years.

A tooth-supported fixed bridge is another common treatment when addressing tooth loss. This treatment demands that adjacent teeth be used to support the bridge, which can often create other oral health issues.  These problems can include:

  • Visible defect of gums and bone due to recession around bridge or denture.
  • Resorbed bone causing a collapsed smile.
  • Bacteria development and tooth decay
  • Shifting of removable partial dentures can reduce ability to eat certain foods.

Dental implants have the look and feel of natural teeth. They not only enhance your appearance, they also give you greater confidence. You can eat what you like, speak more easily and clearly, and be free of potential embarrassment.  By following a regular routine of oral hygiene and checkups, dental implants can provide a long term solution to improve dental health.