A 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 also used to support crowns, bridges or dentures.
There are many advantages of dental implants over traditional methods of replacing teeth. When a dental implant is used to replace a single tooth, it provides a more conservative treatment since the adjacent teeth are not prepared or reduced as in a traditional, muHi-tooth bridge preparation. Implant supported crowns are also more esthetically pleasing and more natural looking compared to a traditional bridge. When implants are used to support partial dentures or full dentures, they provide better retention and improved fit.
A good candidate for dental implants will be 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.