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Patients of all ages may require dental implants for a variety of reasons. If you need to replace any missing, broken or damaged teeth, implants are by far the best solution. The following outline from provides an accurate description of dental implants:

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.

How do Dental Implants Work?
Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted to implants won’t slip or shift in your mouth — an especially important benefit when eating and speaking. This secure fit helps the dentures and bridges — as well as individual crowns placed over implants — feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.

For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. An advantage of implants is that no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to hold your new replacement tooth/teeth in place. See more from Colgate

What Makes a Good Candidate?

To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also keep these structures healthy, so good oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Implants are usually more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, but they are a permanent solution where other methods are not. Since you won’t have to re-do your implants in the future, they are actually the better long-term investment.

Certain patients require their jaw bone to be surgically built up with bone grafting procedures prior to dental implant surgery. Patients undergo a comprehensive dental exam and X-rays in order to determine if any underlying issues need to be addressed.

The American Dental Association considers two types of implants to be safe. They are:

  • Endosteal implants — these are surgically implanted directly into the jawbone. Once the surrounding gum tissue has healed, a second surgery is needed to connect a post to the original implant. Finally, an artificial tooth (or teeth) is attached to the post-individually, or grouped on a bridge or denture. This is the type of implant that Harrell Dental Implant Center places.
  • Subperiosteal implants — these consist of a metal frame that is fitted onto the jawbone just below the gum tissue. As the gums heal, the frame becomes fixed to the jawbone. Posts, which are attached to the frame, protrude through the gums. As with endosteal implants, artificial teeth are then mounted to the posts.

Customized Solution

The superior strength, durability and overall comfort associated with dental implants makes them the ideal solution for almost all individuals. No one will be able to tell if you have replaced one tooth or an entire arch because your dental implants will perfectly match your remaining teeth. Chew and enjoy all the foods you love easily once again.

Denture Stabilization Upgrades

If you have dentures, an excellent way to help your jawbone stay healthy and strong is to utilize dental implants to secure them. This is an excellent way to regain the stability you crave and miss every time your dentures slide across your gum line. You’ll have a lot to smile about once your dentures are secure and no longer aggravating your gums or wearing away jaw bone.