Dental implants are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that also provide the same function as your natural tooth root. In addition to replacing individual teeth, implants can be used to anchor other types of restorations such as bridges and dentures. Implants usually provide for greater success and overall patient satisfaction.
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jaw bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.