Dental implants are artificial roots that serve as a replacement for missing teeth. An implant can have a crown on top or be used to secure a denture. It is the closest thing to your original tooth in sensation and function.
Advantages of Implants:
- Feel like your own teeth
- Never decay
- Restore proper chewing and full strength of your bite
- Excellent appearance
- Very long lifespan (95% of implants still function well after 10 years)
- Conservative treatment – no damage to adjacent teeth
Implants are placed into the bone in your mouth with a small surgical procedure. This is usually easier than having a tooth removed. The implant is allowed heal for a period of time (2 - 4 months) to allow settling and produce a stable foundation for the artificial tooth/teeth on the implant so that the finished product looks and feels just like natural teeth.