Do You Need Dental Implants?

Illustration of teeth showing dental implant structure
Dental implants are typically used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In some cases, implants can help stabilize partial dentures — so they are more stable. Care for dental implants is simple and similar to the care for natural teeth. You will simply need to regularly brush, floss and have check-ups.
Key takeaways:

  • Dental implants have numerous advantages such as improved speech, improved smiles and appearance, better chewing, convenience and improved oral health.
  • Dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent.
  • Patients who have healthy gums, enough bone, and are committed to oral hygiene qualify to have dental implants.

Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement).
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