The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are small dental appliances surgically inserted into both the upper and lower jaws to replace one or more missing or diseased teeth.1, 2 Today more and more people are choosing dental implants over removable dentures or fixed bridges.1, 2 That’s largely because dentures and bridges have several disadvantages. For example, bridges can affect nearby healthy teeth, and dentures may cause bone loss in the area where the teeth are missing.1
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer several advantages over dentures and bridges for people who want to replace their missing, diseased, or decayed teeth. For example, dental implants:
Stay in place—they don’t slip or cause clicking sounds when you eat or speak1
Help with proper chewing2
Promote “denture self-confidence,” as speech and appearance are often improved2
Do not need to be removed each night for soaking and cleaning and do not require adhesives to keep them in place1, 2
Do not need to be replaced every seven to 15 years1, 2
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots and can be used in both the upper and lower jaws.1 Resembling screws, they are made from a metal called titanium and other materials that are safe for use in the human body.1 A dental professional surgically attaches the implants to the jawbone and gum tissue.2 The implants then can be used as an anchor for dental crowns, or artificial replacement teeth.2, 3
Patients who are in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implants are usually considered candidates for dental implants.2 If you are self-conscious about your missing, diseased, or decayed teeth, ask your dental professional if dental implants are a good option for you.
1 “Dental Implants.” American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. www.aaoms.org/dental_implants.php Accessed 2010.
2 “Dental Implants: An option for replacing missing teeth.” American Dental Association. www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_47.pdf Accessed 2010.
3 “Dental Implants FAQ’s.” American Academy of Implant Dentistry. www.aaid-implant.org/patients_and_public/Benefits_of_Dental_Implants.html