Dental implants are artificial teeth anchored into the jawbone by strong titanium posts to replace missing teeth. They come very close to replicating the look, feel and function of natural teeth. They are often an ideal method of restoring one or more missing teeth.
Implants are often needed as a result of disease, age, hereditary conditions, and other causes. Fortunately, implant dentistry has made it possible for people who are missing teeth to have complete confidence when they are smiling, chewing, and speaking.
Typically implants are constructed from materials that your body does not recognize as foreign so your body will not reject them. They replace the root portion of a missing tooth and are used to support the new natural looking teeth fabricated for your mouth. Implants are not an option for everyone as there must be sufficient bone structure to anchor to.
You should expect your implants to remain functional for many years, in some cases the rest of your life. Your success rate is determined in part by several factors that may include the amount and quality of the existing bone when the implant was placed, the type of restoration, and your ongoing hygiene or maintenance program.
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