Dental implants are the best and most conservative choice for "permanently" replacing one or more missing teeth. This remarkable advancement in dental treatment has dramatically changed the quality of life for thousands of our patients by restoring health, chewing ability, and beautiful, natural smiles.
A dental implant is a substitute tooth root that is used to replace the natural tooth in any area of the mouth where a tooth is missing. Just like your own natural tooth, the implant is anchored in bone. Typically, an "abutment" is connected to the top of the implant, and extends through the gum. The "crown" or visible part of the tooth is then connected to the abutment in a variety of designs (see diagram). Dental implants provide a strong, solid foundation for biting and chewing. And, teeth supported by dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth!
Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is accepted by the body. With a success rate of greater than 95%, dental implants have the best long term prognosis of any method of tooth replacement.
The scientifically-based method of implant treatment was first developed around 1960 in Sweden. Dr. Per Ingvar Branemark observed that a titanium implant could naturally and predictably bond with bone. This phenomenon was termed "OSSEOINTEGRATION". Since the original implant was placed several decades ago, millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of successful "permanent" tooth replacement with dental implants.