Dental implants are permanent tooth replacements. They are artificial teeth that look and function just like your natural teeth. One of the many other benefits of dental implants is that implants prevent bone loss over time, thereby preserving the integrity of the jawbone and enhancing one’s appearance.
Dental implants treatment is a conservative procedure. The adjacent teeth are not compromised to replace the missing teeth. If you have a single missing tooth, it is not necessary to cut down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order to place a bridge.
Implants can also anchor dentures and provide a very secure fit. They are also much easier to clean than a bridge.
Patients are so pleased with dental implants that are placed in the front of the mouth, the area that we call the esthetic zone. After they are placed and restored, dental implants can look just like one’s natural teeth. The long-term esthetics are usually so much better with an implant-supported tooth than with the traditional tooth-supported bridge. This is very important because particularly in the front of the mouth you do not want any visible bone defect, which could be critical in how the teeth will appear.
Paying close attention to esthetic issues is always a part of dental implant treatment. In addition to minimizing or preventing bone loss with a dental implant, we are also able to maintain the gingival contours, which essentially means how the gums are shaped around the implant tooth.
For example, the size, shape, and color of an implant tooth can closely mimic a natural tooth, but with a bridge, the contours of the gums around the false teeth often make the teeth look false. With a well-placed implant, however, the gingival or gum contours can be maintained and the implant-supported tooth looks very natural.
It is difficult for anyone to tell that one or more teeth are dental implants because they look so natural.
Dr. Leonard Spector