What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement for missing teeth. They are very effective because they function just like a real tooth.
If you have missing teeth, you know it can be embarrassing and often cause you to hide your smile when you’re around others. Until now, there were few options for replacing missing teeth.
A dental bridge or partial dentures do not actually replace teeth. They simply fill the space left by a missing tooth.
A dental implant is so effective because it is made up of three parts – the implant, the abutment, and the dental restoration. These pieces form a stable replacement that works like a natural tooth.
The implant portion actually becomes part of the jaw bone and replaces the root of the missing tooth. The abutment attaches to the implant, forming a base for the dental crown that looks like your natural tooth.
The dental implant blends perfectly with your natural teeth. When the process is complete, you have a permanent tooth replacement that looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth.
Having a dental implant placed is a big decision, and the Drs. Brian and Janet Childs will provide all the information you need so that you can decide if it is the right option for you.