Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge, implants are permanently secured surgically, into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth.
Implants are an alternative to bridges. They are used to replace missing roots which will then be the support for the tooth replacement. The artificial “root” is made of titanium metal. It is then placed into the jawbone, after which an artificial tooth is attached. The advantage to having implants is that they are comfortable, do not have the inconvenience of dentures, and look natural in your mouth.
In order to have a successful dental implant, you must be in good health. Your gums must be healthy and your jawbone in good shape. If your jawbone has shrunk, but you desire to have implants done, a bone graft is a possibility. You need to discuss this with our Dentists, to determine which is the best solution.