Before the development of dental implants, dentures or bridges were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are surgical-grade root devices made from titanium, that are placed in the area of the missing tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are highly bio-compatible to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to stabilize dentures.
Implant crowns are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, similar to a standard crown.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the bone. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to stabilize and for the bone to grow and anchor the implant.
As with any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.