Your dentist may have recommended dental implants as part of a tooth restoration treatment plan, and if so, you may be wondering just what are dental implants, anyway?
We’re happy to clear up any confusion you may be feeling.
The FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)
, which regulates dental implants, defines them as “medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person's ability to chew or their appearance. They provide support for artificial (fake) teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.”
Dental Implants are Root Replacements
Dental implants are used to replace the root of a damaged or missing tooth and to provide a foundation for the artificial replacement tooth or group of teeth. Implants are artificial teeth roots — typically small titanium posts — that are surgically placed into the jaw.
Because they are surgically implanted into the jaw, the replacement tooth is held very securely in place. And since the implant transfers the force of chewing directly to the jawbone, dental implants also help reduce bone loss.
Dental Implants Restore Confidence
In addition to restoring your ability to comfortably and securely chew, dental implants also restore the cosmetic appearance of your smile and your confidence.
Implants restore confidence not just in your appearance, but also in your ability to eat and even speak normally.
Restorations with dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. In fact, nobody but you and your dentist ever needs to know that you have implants.
Dental Implants are the Standard of Care but are Not for Everyone
Many leading dental organizations now recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement. However, each person is unique and each treatment situation requires careful consideration to make sure that dental implants are the right solution.
For example, dental implants are not advised for individuals with certain medical conditions or for children whose jawbones are still growing.
You’ll need to talk to your dentist about whether dental implants are right for you and your specific dental health — and overall health — situation.
We invite you to call us at (559) 299-2168 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovik Mirzaeian to discuss if you need dental implants or another treatment to restore and protect your teeth and overall dental health.
In the meantime, if you have other questions about dental implants, you may find the answers you need on our Dental Implant FAQ
page. Click here to go to Dental Implant FAQ.