No less an authority than the American Dental Association has said that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the last four decades. That is probably not an overstatement. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants become a part of the patient, and function like natural teeth.
In a basic dental implant, a titanium post is surgically embedded into the patient’s jaw. This is the actual implant; an artificial replacement tooth goes on top of it.
Dental implants can also be used to anchor or stabilize dentures, in patients who are missing all of their teeth.
Of course, there is always a catch. In this case, you have to have enough healthy bone to support the implant. Even if you don’t, though, it is possible to add bone with a procedure called bone grafting.
If you’re missing any teeth, you can find out whether a dental implant would work for you by calling The Reno Dentist and scheduling a consultation. We also provide general and family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry.