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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dental surgeon places into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.

Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling; you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth.

Maybe your dentures don't feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence, there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own!

Under proper conditions, such as placement by a periodontist and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.

Dental implants have become the treatment of choice for replacing non-restorable and missing teeth. Implants offer both functional and esthetic results.

They are the next best thing to your natural teeth in look, feel and function. Implant placement immediately after tooth extraction prevents bone loss in the jaws; maintaining the shape of the face and allowing the return to normal functional use.

Implants have been in use for over 30 years and have a proven success rate for virtually a lifetime of use without any more maintenance than daily brushing and flossing. Dental implants have improved the quality of life for a generation of patients.

Are you missing one or more teeth in a jaw? Are you missing all natural teeth in one or both jaws? Are you having difficulty wearing a regular removable denture because you gag, find the denture is too bulky, feel pain, or generally dislike something movable in your mouth?

Replace a Single Tooth If you are missing a single tooth, one implant and a crown can replace it. A dental implant replaces both the lost natural tooth and its root.
Replace Several Teeth If you are missing several teeth, implant-supported bridges can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.
Replace All of Your Teeth If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported full bridge or full denture can replace them. Dental implants will replace both your lost natural teeth and some of the roots.

Success rates vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 97%. With proper care that you would give your regular teeth, your implants can last a lifetime.
Long-term success depends on multiple factors. First, success will depend on the quality and quantity of bone. The greater the quality and quantity of available bone, the greater the chance of long-term success.
Secondly, the experience and ability of the dental surgeon will be a factor. As with any surgical procedure, there is no substitute for the experience and individual talent of the dentist.
Lastly, the quality of the restoration placed on top of the implant will play a big role in long-term success. If the design of the implant crown or overdenture is poorly constructed and the biting forces are not balanced, even the best-placed dental implant will have a compromised survival rate.
The success of your implants will also depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by a dentist every three to four months. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term implant success.

Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Because implants are designed to fuse with bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures.
Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip and wobble within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak with comfort and confidence. You can also stop worrying about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.
Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures or partial dentures.
Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods with confidence and without pain.
Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile, and help you feel better about yourself.
Improved oral health. Dental implants don't require reducing (cutting down) adjacent teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving your long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow you to floss between the implant and adjacent teeth, improving oral hygiene.
Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. They require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing your dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
Reliable. The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
Great value. Dental implants are also a great value for your investment. You will be getting a product that you will be using 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, probably for many, many years of your life.

Individualized Treatment Plan. The first step in the process is the development of an individualized treatment plan. The plan addresses your specific needs and is prepared by a dental team of professionals who are specially trained and experienced in oral surgery and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.
Implant Site Preparation. Since a key to implant success is the quality and quantity of the bone where the implant is to be placed, sometimes bone grafting is necessary in order to prepare the bone for an implant.
Extraction Site Grafting: Bone grafting in extraction sites helps preserve jaw height and create sufficient bone foundation for future implant placement(s).
Ridge Augmentation: Deformities in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with inadequate bone in which to place dental implants. To correct the problem, the gum is lifted away from the ridge to expose the bony defect. The defect is then filled with bone or bone substitute to build up the ridge. Ridge modification has been shown to greatly improve appearance and increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.
Sinus Augmentation: The upper molar area is usually one of the most difficult areas to place dental implants because of insufficient bone quality and quantity and proximity to the sinus. Sinus augmentation can help develop more bone in this area by raising the floor of the sinus and adding bone grafting material in the area of proposed implant placement.
Implant Placement. The tooth root implant, which is a small post made of titanium, is placed into the jaw bone in the position of the missing tooth or teeth. As the bone heals, it grows around the titanium post, anchoring it securely. The healing process usually takes from 3-6 months.
Permanent implant restoration Once the implant has bonded to the bone, a small connector post – called an abutment – is attached to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement). Your new tooth or teeth are based on this model. A dental crown is then attached to the abutment. The implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement tooth looks, feels, and functions just like your own natural tooth.

As with other dental procedures, an effective local aesthetic is used during implant surgery to minimize any discomfort during the placement of the implants. Postoperative care includes prescription pain medication. However, many patients require only over-the-counter Neurofen. You can usually go to work the next day after implant surgery.

As with many surgical procedures, dental implant fees will vary. Frequently, a more experienced implant dentist will charge higher fees. Each individual implant dentist will be able to quote you his fees. It is important to remember that there are two different implant fees: Surgical fees (placement of implant by the dental surgeon) Restorative fees (placement of abutment post and dental crown by the restorative dentist)

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