Before the development of dental implants, fixed bridges or removable dentures(full or partial) were the only two alternatives to replace a missing tooth or teeth. However each of these options had significant disadvantages to them. That is why so much research went into developing implants for teeth.

Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are placed in the jawbone in the area normally occupied by the tooth root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to retain dentures or partial dentures.

Not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implants though. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of titanium covered with a synthetic, yet biocompatible material that allows your bone to fuse with them.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Following this healing, a customized metal attachment is connected to the implant to allow for the fabrication of a crown, bridge or denture support.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.