What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the leading tooth loss solution in the world. They are surgically implanted in your jaw to replace the structure of your missing tooth. Made from biocompatible titanium, implants consist of three elements:
- A screw-like post that is inserted into the jaw. The post acts as a tooth root.
- A connector, known as an abutment. The connector is placed on or built into the top of the implant and connects it to the replacement tooth.
- A crown, an artificial replacement tooth, is custom-made to match the shape and color of your natural teeth. Once attached to the implant, the crown completes the dental implant.
Implants are an ideal tooth replacement treatment for patients missing their adult teeth. Tooth loss is more common than you might think. By the age of 17, 7% of patients in the United States have lost at least one permanent tooth due to decay or damage. Among U.S. adults from 35-44, 69% have lost at least one permanent tooth, with periodontal (gum) disease the leading cause of tooth loss. If you have lost one or more teeth, dental implants may be right for you.