A dental implant… What is that?

Everyday we run into people who have never heard of dental implants.  The surprising part is that dental implants have been around for almost 50 years and we still have people who are very excited about this “new” technology.

What is a dental implant?

The best way to describe a dental implant is to compare it to a natural tooth.  A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown.  The part of the tooth that you see and eat with is called the crown.  Beneath the crown is the root which anchors the tooth through the gum to the jawbone.  Dental Implants serve as a replacement for the root of the tooth.  They can be used to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete set of upper or lower teeth.

Dental implants can be used by people that have lost their teeth because of various reasons like periodontal disease, an injury, etc. Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement options that match your natural teeth. Dental implants have proven to be long lasting and reliable, possibly lasting your lifetime.

With today’s technology surgeons are able to perform these treatments that make dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth. Dental implants do not only help the tooth that was replaced, but they also help surrounding teeth.  Dental implants can prevent bone loss and gum recession.

Dental implants bring back your confidence and comfort to talk, smile and chew better. You can eat what you want and not have to worry about dentures slipping or denture pastes & glues. You can also have the confidence of talking and smiling without worrying about gaps in your smile or your dentures falling out.

Traditional dental implants (compared to mini dental implants) have been around for almost 50 years.  That gives them 45+ years of success and research that has led to advanced in the dental implant field.

Almost anyone can be a good candidate for dental implants.  There are a handful of cases in which one cannot benefit from a dental implant.  To see if you are a good candidate for dental implants, please visit us on the web at www.ncimplant.com to contact us with your questions or comments.