What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the first step in complete tooth replacement, creating an artificial root that acts as an anchor in the jaw for a bridge or crown. Dentists use implants to replace the roots of teeth missing from injury or disease, restoring stability, strength, form, and function. They are specifically designed to attach directly to the mandible (jaw bone), creating a foundation for the rest of the tooth restoration.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants allow patients to regain function that may be lost due to missing teeth, typically without necessitating the removal of additional teeth. Implants can restore function in very much the same way as dentures, including allowing the facial muscles to regain strength and firmness that can deteriorate when structural teeth fall out or are removed. Implants are very long-lasting and are cost-effective options for patients seeking permanent tooth restoration.