Dental implants are small titanium screws that are positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums during a minor surgical procedure. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. Since implants actually become one with your jawbone, they provide perfectly stable support for prosthetic replacements (from single crowns, via bridges, to entire dentures). Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry since – by serving as fixed anchors for dental prosthetic replacements – they guarantee that dentures and bridges mounted to implants never shift or slip. This of particular importance when it comes to eating, speaking and self-esteem in general. Once positioned and mounted with the prosthetic replacement, a dental implant cannot be said apart from natural teeth. In terms of replacing not just the tooth or teeth, but also the root (in fact, the implant in the jaw bone acts as root), the implant helps prevent bone loss and subsequent aging effects on the face caused by bone loss.
The percentage of success of this technique ranges between 95 to 100%, making it one of the safest and most durable therapies in dental medicine. The procedure is particularly convenient for situations where all teeth are missing.