Dental implants are stronger and more durable than their restorative counterparts —crowns and bridges," explains Dr. Anundsen. "Plus, they look and function just like natural teeth. Today, no other technology currently exists that approaches the efficiency and accuracy of a dental implant."
What's involved in getting a dental implant?
The dental implant process includes three separate pieces with each fulfilling a unique role. The actual implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone. These posts are used to anchor one or more teeth. Once the titanium post integrates or bonds with the jawbone it forms a secure anchor upon which the two other components are placed, the abutment (the post on which the crown is placed) and the crown. The entire implant process takes about four to six months, however, most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
How well do dental implants work?
Dental implants won't shift or move, and healthy adjacent teeth don't have to be filed down in order to add a crown or support a bridge. With proper oral hygiene, dental implants can last a lifetime and they work very well for those with healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. If a tooth has been missing for a long time, or if you have gum disease, a bone graft may be required prior to placing the implant.