What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are best described as a titanium root replacement. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth/teeth and serve as the foundation on which your dentist can reconstruct your missing tooth/teeth.
The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. In addition, special attachments can be utilized that allow patients with dentures to attach or snap their denture onto the implants and substantially increase the stability of their denture.
Implants also help preserve facial structure and esthetics, preventing bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.