A dental implants is surgically placed in your jaw bone where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant as pictured to the right.
There are many benefits of dental implants. Dental implants guard against bone loss. In the absence of the tooth root the jaw bone will resorb and recede. As the jawbone changes shape the shape of the mouth does too. The loss of bone can result in the mouth looking sunken or concave, and may also cause wrinkles and fine lines to form around the mouth and chin. Dental implants mimic the shape and strength of natural tooth roots and help to preserve the jawbone, preventing these things from occurring.
Dental implants can restore your tooth function as well as esthetics and confidence! Dental implants also have quite a bit of versatility. They can be placed for a single tooth, for an implant supported bridge, or also for an implant supported denture. Because the implant is attached to the bone, the tooth looks, feels, and function like a real tooth. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.