Question: What are dental implants and are they right for me?
Answer: Dental implants are a wonderful option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. In the past, the only options for replacing missing teeth were bridges, partial dentures and complete dentures. But none of these choices come close to implants in terms of comfort, durability, and function. Dental implants are small posts, usually made of titanium, that are inserted into the jaw in place of missing teeth. The implant fuses to the jawbone creating a very strong support for replacement teeth. Implants can be used to replace single missing teeth, or they can be used in groups to replace multiple missing teeth. Many patients who have dealt with loose-fitting dentures for years have vastly improved the fit of their dentures by having implants placed beneath them. The added stability from implants allows denture wearers to eat normal foods as opposed to a soft diet. Candidates for implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.