Dental implant is a small titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone to replace a missing tooth root. Titanium is a metal that is biocompatible and allows bone to grow around it.
Dental implants are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. There are many advantages of getting implants over traditional methods of replacing teeth. When a dental implant is used to replace a single tooth, it would provide a more conservative treatment since the adjacent teeth are not prepared or reduced as in a traditional bridge preparation. Implant supported crown is also more esthetically pleasing and more natural looking over a traditional bridge. When implants are used to support partial dentures or full dentures, they provide better retention and hence improved fit.
A good candidate for implants is in good general and oral health with healthy gums. In addition, there should be enough bone in the area to support the implant.
Dental implants last for many years provided they are maintained well by good oral hygiene practices and regular dental checkups by your dentist.