Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. If you've lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can enhance both your smile and your oral health.
 
An implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone.

Advantages of dental implants
  • Implants are extremely natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures
  • They last a lifetime

Disadvantages of dental implants
  • Implants are expensive and a major financial investment
  • The process of getting implants can be time-consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
  • There is a chance there surgery fails (roughly 5% of the time)

Types of implants
Your dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of implants is right for you:
 
  • Root form implant: This is the most common type of implant where the screw is shaped like the root of a tooth.
  • Plate Form Implant: A plate form implant has a flat and long shape and is better suited for a narrow jawbone.
  • Subperiosteal Implants: In some cases where there is not enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant, a subperiosteal implant may be prescribed. This type of implant is designed to sit on top of the bone but under the gums.