Losing a tooth due to injury, dental decay, or gum disease can happen. However, in order to avoid causing problems for the adjacent teeth and your overall dental health, it is important to replace the tooth that has been lost.
Dental implants are small surgical fixtures made of biocompatible metal or ceramic materials placed into the jawbone. In the same way a natural root supports the tooth, an implant fully integrates with the surrounding bone to provide a stable and durable foundation for a replacement tooth. Implants often support a crown for an individual tooth, but can also be used as anchors for a dental bridge or denture.
Of all the restorative choices available today, an implant comes the closest to replicating the look, feel and function of a natural tooth. It is the only method of tooth replacement that does not require preparation of the adjacent teeth. A dental implant also stimulates bone regeneration in areas where teeth are missing and helps to restore facial contours in areas where significant bone loss has occurred.