What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
There are several advantages to replacing a tooth with a dental implant compared to other tooth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like a natural tooth, a dental implant can help save the neighboring teeth as well. For instance, a common treatment for replacing a single tooth, a tooth-supported bridge structure, involves grinding down adjacent teeth to support the bridge. A dental implant can replace the individual tooth without sacrificing the neighboring teeth.