For many people, missing a tooth or several teeth is something that is a great source of embarrassment; it may limit how much you smile, what foods you eat and can cause problems within your mouth. Luckily, dentists have the option of dental implants, which are long term replacements for missing teeth that not only look like your own, but do not slip or make noise like dentures can, and will not decide or cause you bone loss in your jaw.

Dental Implants have been around for fifty years and have proven time and again to be a great alternative to bridges or dentures. They carry a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime as they are surgically imbedded into the jaw. Over time they fuse with the bone to create a strong connection, preserving the bone and making it denser. Not only are they comfortable and convenient but they are also durable with minimal discomfort from the procedure and a promise of a whole new smile to boot. They come in three parts, a titanium rod which is what is anchored into your bone, an abutment which is the connector and lastly the crown which sits atop, looking and feeling like a real tooth. The process of creating your new tooth or teeth is a joint initiative between your dentist and a periodontist, who will create molds of your mouth to create the perfect crown (s) – custom made just for you.

Once in place, no one need know that it is an artificial tooth, they look and feel like you've had them forever and unlike dentures you will not ever need to remove them for cleaning or fear that they will slip your speech to be compromised. Eat what you want, smile when you want and start to feel good about your mouth area again, all with the genius of a dental implant.

So is everyone a good candidate for the procedure? The main criteria is that you have adequate bone to start with and healthy gums. The implant itself will help sure up the bone once it is in place, but there has to be enough there to start with for a proper connection. After the procedure, proper dental hygiene like regular brushing, flossing and checkups are required, something that is second nature to many patients even before they get the treatment.

If you are missing a tooth or two, dental implants may be the right course of treatment for you. Say goodbye to unsightly smiles and messy dentures and regain a full set of gleaming teeth, all in a procedure that has many major benefits with a minimum of discomfort.