What Are Dental Implants

Jenny, Smile Healthy® Success Story

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that connect to the jawbone, providing a long-term base for secure, stable and comfortable tooth replacement.

Dental implants are fast becoming the new standard in tooth replacement. They are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from weak teeth, missing teeth or chronic dental problems.

The Strength of Dental Implants

Get a Long-Term Solution

One of the biggest strengths of dental implants is their durability. Each implant is typically made from medical-grade materials like titanium, acrylic, and zirconia. This means you get a natural-looking tooth, without the same issues of decay and root canal therapy you get with your natural teeth. In fact, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Maintain a Healthy Jawbone

Dental implants are a more modern tooth replacement solution than dentures or bridges. They’re designed in a way that, over time, actually integrates with the jawbone. This forms a permanent anchor for your new teeth while keeping the bone itself from deteriorating. It also ensures they don’t move or slip like dentures can.

Enjoy a Natural Look and Feel

One of the things people love most about dental implants is how real they look and feel. Because the connection with the jawbone is so strong, they actually become a part of your mouth, functioning like natural teeth. Imagine waking up and smiling in the mirror, chewing your favorite foods again, and laughing with friends, all without the daily chore of dentures. With dental implants, it will be as if you’ve had these teeth all your life.

The Three Parts of Dental Implants

1. Implant Screw

First, a screw is implanted. This serves as a root for your new teeth, permanently attaching to your jaw and creating a long-term solution.

2. Abutment

Next, a connector supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth. While it can be removed by your dentist, it’s meant to function as a fixed solution.

3. Crown

Finally, the crown (prosthetic tooth) is added. This is the part of the tooth you can see. It’s usually made of zirconia or porcelain, both for durability and a natural look.

How the Parts Come Together

To replace a full row of teeth, as few as four implant screws are precisely placed. Abutments then securely attach a set of crowns.

Replacing Teeth

ClearChoice Dental Implants® can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a complete upper and/or lower set of teeth, all with a minimal number of implants. This gives you a secure, comfortable fit that naturally becomes a part of your mouth and gets you back to feeling like yourself again.