Dental implants are a safe and practical way to replace missing teeth and provide support and retention for partial and complete dentures. Dental implants have many advantages over bridges and conventional removable appliances. Implants help the body retain and prevent loss of bone after the extraction or loss of natural teeth. This bone preservation reduces visual effects of aging and provides better long-term esthetic outcomes. Implants also prevent unnecessary damage to adjacent teeth caused from bridges and removable prosthesis.
Dental implant surgery is typically an in office, minor surgical procedure. The post-operative discomfort is generally minimal often requiring only over the counter pain medications.
The time between the placement of the dental implant(s) and the placement of the restoration is based on several factors including age, health of the patient, quality of the bone, location in the boney arch, and type of restoration.