What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial teeth or tooth roots placed surgically in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. Dr. Erickson at Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale, IA, offers dental implants as a permanent solution for patients missing one or more teeth due to disease, infection, or injury. Unlike traditional dentures or bridges, dental implants integrate with the jawbone to function like natural teeth.
Improve Appearance by Replacing Missing Teeth
Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The crown perfectly matches the color, shape, and size of your surrounding teeth. Implants prevent sunken cheeks and wrinkles by stimulating the jawbone and preventing bone loss after tooth extraction.
Restore the Ability to Chew and Bite Properly
Missing teeth can impede chewing, eating, and speech. Implants allow you to eat all your favorite foods again without pain or difficulty. The firm foundation provides superior biting power compared to dentures.
Prevent Bone Loss and Deterioration of the Jaw
Tooth loss leads to bone resorption as the jaw no longer receives the stimulation it needs. Dental implants fuse to the jawbone-like roots, preventing further bone density loss.
Eliminate the Need to Anchor Removable Dentures
Implants provide a strong base to attach dentures without messy adhesive. This creates a comfortable, natural fit so dentures won’t slip or move during use.
Permanent, Stable Solution for Tooth Replacement
With proper oral hygiene, implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants have a high success rate. They provide a long-term, low-maintenance solution.
Can Last a Lifetime with Proper Care
Dental implants don’t decay like natural teeth. With excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, they can easily last decades. The crown, abutment tooth root, and post are made from durable, biocompatible materials like titanium.