What is the lifespan of a dental implant?

Dental implants are typically comprised of two major components: the implant, which serves as the root for the missing tooth, and the crown, which provides the appearance of a natural tooth. The tooth implant that serves as the root replacement is often made of titanium or a titanium alloy and coated to encourage osseointegration; the…

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

When teeth are removed or dislodged, open space remains in your mouth. Other teeth will then move naturally into that space. This often leads to misalignment. If you have your missing tooth or teeth replace with a tooth implant, the extra space will be filled, and your remaining teeth will remain in the proper position.…

What is Bone Resorption?

Bone resorption occurs when the bone in the jaw is not stimulated properly. If the bone is not stimulated, new tissue does not develop, and wear and tear leads to the bone becoming atrophied, or resorbed. The long-term result is a change in the shape of the jaw and, eventually, change in the facial shape,…

Can a Single Implant Support Two Crowns?

The placement of a tooth implant to provide replacements for missing teeth is based on the condition of your gums and jawbone. With careful positioning, one implant can be used to support one or more crowns. Some techniques use only a few implants to support a full arch of teeth. As you make your decision…

How Long Does an Implant Last?

A tooth implant replaces both the root and the chewing or biting surface of your tooth. These implants are very effective, natural looking, and can last the rest of your life if you take good care of your mouth and gums. In general, an implant is likely to last much longer than a denture, and…