Dentist in Huntington Beach, CA - Drs. Thompson and Christensen - Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
What is a dental implant?
It looks and feels like a natural tooth!
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces a missing tooth. It looks like a screw and is made of titanium alloy, a bio-friendly material. Dental implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth. They are surgically placed in the jawbone to create the basis on which the prosthetic teeth will be built. In time, bone cells develop around the implant, reinforcing it into the jaw and fusing it with the surrounding bone. Dentists use implants to make crowns that have the same appearance and texture as natural teeth.
Risk or Opportunity
Implants are placed in the jawbone through a minor surgical procedure at the dentist's office, under a local anesthetic, just like in most everyday dental treatments. Long-term studies show that success rates reach 95%. However, implant failure or partial absorption may stem from several reasons, for example, a patient's health condition that may contraindicate implantation, lack of cooperation from the patient, drug abuse, poor oral hygiene, emotional problems, chronic alcoholism, and problems related to the quality and density of the bone.