What is a dental implant?
A dental implant consists of a metal post, called an abutment, that is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums and a crown that covers the abutment and mimics your natural tooth.
Why do patients choose dental implants?
Before implants were invented, a bridge or dentures were the only solution to replace missing teeth. The biggest benefit to choosing a dental implant over a bridge or a denture is that an implant supports jaw health. The bone remains strong and healthy which positively impacts both your oral health and the shape of your face as you age. Implants also feel and function more like your natural teeth.
Important things to know about dental implants
- Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system.
- Depending on your unique case, placing a dental implant could take several visit over months.
- At times, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Consult with your dentist
Only your dentist can evalute whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant. Use our simple Find a Dentist locator to find a Smile Source member practice near you.