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Implants provide a sturdy anchor for the prosthetic tooth.
You will need an assessment by your dentist to determine if you are a suitable candidate for an implant. The dentist will examine your mouth and medical history to determine your candidacy.
Some people may not have enough bone density to support an implant and may require a bone graft before the dentist can place an implant in his or her jawbone. Other reasons you may not be a good candidate include uncontrollable diabetes, patients who take medication like steroids that suppress their immune system, patients who grind or clench their teeth, and heavy smokers.
Unlike dental bridges, a single tooth implant replaces the entire root of a tooth, providing a very stable, sturdy platform to attach the crown. The implant mimics the tooth root stimulating jawbone for healthy gum and a more youthful appearance.
Implants do not need to rely on neighbouring teeth, nor does the patient need to worry as much about gum health around the prosthetic tooth and implant site. A dental implant can last a lifetime, although the crown may need to be replaced. A dental bridge can last for about a decade.
As dental implants function just like your natural teeth, you simply have to brush and floss regularly. Dental implants, like your natural teeth, depend on healthy gums and surrounding teeth for support, so visit your dentist at least twice a year for check-ups and professional hygiene cleanings.