Dental implant treatment is standard of care and the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants preserve bone and natural adjacent teeth. Dental implant treatment has the best long-term success rates is cost-effective.
Dental implants have been utilized successfully in many different cases to replace missing teeth, whether one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of the teeth. Dental implants can also be used to replace partials or stabilize ill-fitting dentures.
The two most common ways to replace a single missing are an implant-supported crown and a tooth-supported bridge. But with an implant crown, it is not necessary to compromise the health of adjacent teeth by cutting them down for a bridge.
There have been many advances in the field of implant dentistry that have expanded the options that are now available for patients, from sophisticated technology for diagnosis and treatment planning, to new techniques for bone grafting.
With volumes of information available about dental implants, patients still ask some basic questions on a regular basis. The IDIA dedicated an issue of the Health Letter to Frequently Asked Questions, which can be viewed on this page.
The benefits of dental implants are now widely touted in the media and on the Internet. Questionable advertising claims have created misconceptions about treatment options and the qualifications of doctors providing dental implants.
One of the most important decisions patients can make is the choice of doctors to provide dental implant treatment. In the right hands, optimal outcomes can be achieved. In the wrong hands, the results can be disastrous and even disfiguring.