Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss.
By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.
Today's dental implant restorations are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. Implants are typically placed in a simple sitting during 5 minute-time working but require a period of osseointegration for 2 to 4 months.
Failure to floss and brush is a leading cause of implant failure, and infection can occur if the implant and surrounding areas are not cleaned properly.
Smoking also is attributed to high failure rates with dental implants and should be avoided following implant procedure.
If cared for properly, an implant restoration can remain in place for more than 40 years.