|A Dental Implant is a replacement for the root of a tooth, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all Dental Implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a "root-form") and are placed within the bone (endo- being the Greek prefix for "in" and osseous referring to "bone"). The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone.
Dental implants will fuse with bone, however they lack the periodontal ligament, so they will actually be more stable than your natural teeth.
Dental Implants are replacements for roots of teeth. In many cases, a failing tooth may be removed, an implant placed and the crown placed either the same day or within six weeks.
Dental Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth or a full arch of teeth. Dental Implants can be restored with a single crown (for a single tooth), a bridge (for multiple missing teeth) or restored on full dentures (for an edentulous patient).
Like any other product, there are hundreds of Dental Implant companies out there in the world. All of the companies have there own little differences. At San Pedro Facial Surgery/Hill Country Dental Specialists, we use only the best implant companies in the field. We use such implant companies as Nobel Biocare® and Straumann USA® not only because they make a superior dental implant, but because of the amount of bioresearch and studies that supports the stability, design, and efficacy of each product manufactured. Our Implant companies are able to offer life-time warrenties on their dental implants while other companies do not.
Dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Rather than using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that we place in the jawbone. When compared to a bridge, implants have a greater durability, better esthetics, more flexibilty in treatment plan options, and in the long run are often less expensive because bridges will eventually need to be replaced. Because dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize it and prevent further bone loss. Dental implants have an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up.