What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone to function as a replacement tooth root for a missing tooth. A tooth restoration such as a crown, bridge or denture is then mounted onto the post.
Dental implants are the modern gold standard of tooth replacement. Dr. Rapoport and Dr. Schuler always recommend dental implants for people who are candidates for them, as dental implants are the strongest, longest-lasting and most lifelike replacement option for missing teeth.
Dental implants form a strong foundation for replacement teeth
After the dental implant is placed into position, the jawbone grows around the implant surfaces and integrates (fuses) with the implant. The fully integrated implant is just as strong as a regular tooth root and forms a strong foundation for your new replacement teeth.
A connecting piece known as an abutment is placed on top of the implant and acts as the attachment point for a dental restoration. Finally, a crown will be placed on top of the abutment, which will act as your new tooth.
Dental-implant-supported new teeth have many benefits and advantages over every other form of tooth replacement.
Who are candidates for dental implants?
Due to major advances in technology, most patients can now successfully receive dental implants. In the past, patients with heavy bone loss around the missing tooth could not receive dental implants, but modern bone grafting techniques can restore adequate bone support in most circumstances.
Even patients with health concerns that formerly made successful implant placement too risky are now candidates. This includes patients with diabetes, heart disease and patients who smoke heavily. Dr. Rapoport or Dr. Schuler can verify your eligibility for implants during a full exam and consultation.
There are no age limits on who can receive dental implants, the only exception being that implants are not recommended for young people with jaw structures that have not yet fully developed.
Implants and New Replacement Teeth on the Same Day
People who need their teeth extracted—or who already have missing teeth but who don’t have severe bone loss—can be candidates for same-day implants (implant placement and functional new teeth mounted in the same visit). You can find out of you are eligible for same-day replacement teeth during a full exam and dental implant consultation.