Your Source for Dental Implants in Hilton Head
In the past, if patients had lost a tooth, the only option to replace the missing tooth was to have a bridge or partial denture made to close the space. Bridges require the filing down of teeth that otherwise would not need to be filed down. Partial dentures are removable and therefore tend to move when chewing. The first dental implant placed in a human was placed in 1965, and research and trial and error have resulted in implants to be the standard of care for replacing teeth. Dental implants are placed by dentists and allowed to set for a period of 3-6 months. Once the implant is set, an abutment is attached to the implant. A crown is then made and is cemented onto the abutment. The result is that the space is closed, the bone is preserved in the area around the implant, and the teeth around the space aren’t filed down. Implant treatment has been shown to be highly successful and usually doesn’t cost much more than a fixed bridge.