Dental implants are the gold standard treatment to replace a missing tooth or a series of missing teeth. They are an alternative to a bridge or a denture.
Adult teeth may be lost in any number of ways, including accidental trauma, infection or poor health of the surrounding gums. Replacing a tooth (or a number of teeth) that has been lost may have significant long-term functional benefits in terms of chewing, speaking clearly and maintaining good jaw health. From an aesthetic perspective, replacing missing teeth can improve the look of your smile by filling spaces.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Over time, the screw fuses with the underlying bone and behaves like the root of a natural tooth. A single dental implant can be used to support a porcelain crown, or multiple dental implants can support a bridge or a denture.
A dental implant is the best solution for replacing a missing tooth (or a number of teeth). A dental implant does not need to be removed for cleaning and maintenance, making it a convenient tooth replacement solution.