If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used in a variety of ways to replace your teeth. Implants have been in use for over thirty years and are a very routine and predictable treatment.
A dental implant is an artificial 'root' made of titanium and placed in the bone where your natural teeth used to be. They can then be used to anchor replacement 'teeth,' either single or multiple crowns or bridges, or to stabilize a loose full or partial denture.
The replacement teeth attached to dental implants can be comfortable, attractive and function most like our own natural teeth. They are a conservative treatment in that healthy teeth adjacent to the spaces where teeth are missing do not need to be damaged, as with a bridge or partial denture.
Dental implants can be used to anchor and stabilize a loose denture, making it easier to chew comfortably and speak confidently.
If you are missing teeth and interested in dental implants, your dentist can perform an evaluation and discuss what options may be best for your unique situation, depending on your goals. An evaluation may involve examination of your mouth, x-ray images, photographs and dental impressions.