Dental implants are titanium cylinders placed in the jawbone where original teeth are missing. These root-like cylinders are used to secure the replacement teeth in the jawbone and are as close as possible to having your natural teeth.
When your natural teeth are missing, many problems can occur. The remaining teeth can shift or rotate causing an improper bite. Spaces and gaps may cause embarrassment, problems with speech or difficulty chewing. People who have dental implants report better ability to chew food and eat properly, renewed confidence while speaking and higher self-esteem.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, avoiding the need to alter or grind down adjacent teeth to anchor a permanent dental bridge.
If multiple teeth are missing and sufficient bone exists, a permanent dental bridge can be built on multiple implants, again avoiding the involvement of the remaining natural teeth.
Dental implants can also provide stability for complete or partial dentures, eliminating the uncomfortable moving and clicking often associated with dentures.