Dental implants are one of the most exciting innovations in dentistry – made of titanium, they look and feel just like real teeth and, with proper care, can last a lifetime. The titanium fixture serves as a replacement for the root portion of the missing tooth. They can be placed into the upper and lower jaws and will bond (osseointegrate) with the bone and thus become the anchor for the replacement tooth or teeth.
They have many advantages over more traditional methods such as bridges or dentures;
- They prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone which makes the face look older.
- Adjacent teeth do not have to be ground down as in the case of bridges.
- They are not removable like a denture so are more stable and comfortable.
- If you already have a denture as few as 2 implants can improve its retention and stability.