Updated: Jan 12, 2020
Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally.
3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.
Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable.
Improved oral health.
Dental implants don't require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
The American Academy of Implant Dentistry says,
“ Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, kissing and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth.”