A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone to replace the root of a tooth. Over time the bone in your jaw grows around the implant fusing it into place. The implant can then act as a support upon which a substitute for missing teeth can be placed, such as a crown, bridge or denture.
You can have any number of teeth replaced using implants, from a single tooth to a complete set.
What are the benefits of implants?
Although there are a number of options open to you to replace missing teeth implants have a number of benefits over other restorative options.
Implants feel like real teeth. They are not uncomfortable and do not get loose like a denture.
Implants look like real teeth.
Implants do not have to be removed at night – they are securely fixed into your mouth.
When roots of teeth are missing the other teeth can move and the facial structure can change due to bone loss. Implants help preserve bone by replacing the tooth root.
Adjacent teeth do not have to be damaged when fitting implants. This is not the case when fitting a bridge.
Implants do not cause damage to the surrounding tooth and gums as is often the case with dentures.