Dental implants are tooth replacements. More durable and attractive than dentures or fixed bridges, dental implants are surgically placed within the gum line and jaw bone. Dentures can contribute to continued jaw bone loss and bridges often requires reshaping or toherwise cutting down perfectly healthy teeth. Dental implants are a superior solution for a number of reasons.
What to Expect:
Taken from the AAOMS website:
A dental implant designed to replace a single tooth is composed of three parts: the titanium implant that fuses with the jawbone; the abutment, which fits over the portion of the implant that protrudes from the gum line; and the crown, which is created by a prosthodontist or restorative dentist and fitted onto the abutment for a natural appearance...
...If you are missing several teeth in the same area of your mouth, you may still enjoy the confidence and lifestyle benefits that come with dental implants. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will place two or more dental implants, depending on the number of teeth that are missing. Your replacement teeth will be attached to the implants to allow excellent function and prevent bone loss. The implants will serve as a stable support that tightly locks into your replacement teeth and dentures to prevent slipping and bone loss.
With an overall success rate of about 95% and almost 50 years of clinical research to back them up, dental implants are frequently the best treatment option for replacing missing teeth.