What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Strategically placed, implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Creating a natural looking, undetectable replacement for missing teeth, implants offer many benefits:
- Improved smile
- Improved chewing ability
- Prevent teeth from shifting thus helping prevent potential bite and jaw joint problems
- Eliminate the “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth
Implants can even be used to secure a full set of removable dentures for people who have no remaining teeth. This can greatly improve chewing ability and reduce the risk of choking.