Implants are medical devices that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are used as support pillars for crowns, bridges or prostheses.
Implants are surgically placed in your jaw. Most of the time, implants feel like the most natural and safest method than other methods that replace missing teeth, such as dentures.
The implant consists of titanium. It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring. Once the implant is placed in the jaw, a metal cylinder is attached to it from above. This cylinder serves as the base for a crown, prosthesis or bridge. The key to the success of all implants is a process called osseointegration, or the process of creating bone around the implant. Titanium is a special material that the jaw accepts as part of the body.
Studies show that surgical placement of implants is successful in more than 90% of cases. If implants fail, problems usually occur within the first year after surgery. After that, only about 1% of all implants fail each year. Implants have become so popular that the American Dental Association (ADA) approved them in 1986.
Between 1986 and 1999, the number of implantology procedures tripled. It is now estimated that more than half a million implants are placed each year in the United States. The initial cost of implant placement may be more expensive than for other types of restorations. But the investment is worth it in the long run. You probably do not need to choose implants for each missing tooth. We can help you with the number of implants you need.
Other benefits of implants are: