A dental implant is a titanium pin in place of a tooth root that enables your dentist to mount a replacement tooth or bridge into the area. Implants substitute roots and do not come loose like dentures.
Implants are good for oral health because they are not anchored to other teeth. It is inserted in the jawbone beneath the gums.
Dental implants require healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. They are extremely stable as they are fused to the jawbone.
Implants are excellent substitutes for ordinary bridges and dentures because they are so stable and feel more natural. Titanium is used because of its high compatibility and bonding ability with bone and because bone penetrates the titanium.
Dental implants last up to 25 years if they are maintained with good oral care, regular dentist visits, no smoking and no chewing on hard substances. Smoking can weaken the bone structure and contribute to implant failure.
Implants are not recommended for:
- people with autoimmune diseases;
- people who had radiation therapy to head and neck;
- people with uncontrolled diabetes.
Dental implants are one of the safest dental procedures.