What are dental implants?
Replicating the natural function and appearance of your lost teeth can be very difficult to accomplish. Historically, dentures or bridge restorations would be used as replacements, but with limited positive results. Dental implants, however, are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that also have the same function as your natural, regular tooth. They have also been used to anchor these other types of restorations with greater success and patient satisfaction.
A more natural approach
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium cylinder that acts as the root structure similar to a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jawbone. After the bone has grown around the implant, it can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and usually last a lifetime. They do, however, require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups.
A single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease can be replaced with dental implants. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues and due to its natural bacteria fighting qualities.