Dental implants are medical devices that are biologically accepted by the bone they are placed in. After a healing period, they provide a very reliable foundation to support replacements for missing teeth with a crown, bridge, or dentures.
The most important decision in placing an implant is the quality and extent of the bone that will support it.
A dental implant is a small anchor made of titanium that is inserted into the jaw bone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After the surrounding bone attaches to the implant, a replacement tooth is then secured to the top of the implant. The new tooth looks, feels, and preforms just like your natural teeth. They can also help prevent the deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth so that your face retains it natural shape.
Dental implants can last for many years with regular routine oral hygiene visits, x-rays and check ups. Be sure to ask Dr. Chester if you may be a good candidate for a dental implant.