Benefits of Dental Implants

The placement of dental implants is a procedure in which small titanium components resembling screws are surgically placed into the bone in the area of the missing teeth. As the healing process begins, the bone around the implants starts to grow, securing the implants firmly in place (a process called osseointegration).

Osseointegration offers two very important benefits:

  • Permanency / Functionality: The fact that the dental implant is firmly embedded in the bone allows for a much more permanent and secure restoration (e.g. dental crown). Such a restoration provides greater and more natural functionality and comfort.
  • Minimized Bone Resorbtion (Attrition): Dental implants assume the role of your natural teeth's roots. The root system not only keeps teeth firmly in place, but it also prevents the bone from receding away from them (the teeth). Dental implants perform the same function: they significantly reduce the resorbtion of the bone which in turn decreases the fragility of the jawbone and the recession of the jaw line.

Additional Benefits:

  • Improved Oral Health: When patients choose to have a traditional dental bridge done, the adjacent healthy teeth need to be "prepared" – i.e. their surface is reduced. With the use of dental implants this is avoided – no natural teeth are involved in the restoration, meaning that no healthy teeth are manipulated and potentially compromised.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Although the tangible benefits associated with dental implants have a profound impact on a person's overall health, patients that have chosen this course of treatment tend to appreciate the small day-to-day benefits just as much. People are once again able to enjoy their favourite foods, they do not have to worry about the discomfort or the untimely movement of removable dentures, and many even notice improvement of their speech. The impact of implant supported prosthetic restorations on the day-to-day life is apparent almost instantaneously.