A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth.
When we replace or repair broken or damaged teeth, crowns, conventional bridges, and dentures are not your only options. Many people prefer to have dental implant surgery because of the major benefits in having a smile that looks and feels natural.
Dental implants are surgically placed below the gums which causes them to fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, crowns, bridges or a denture.
Because tooth implants are fused to your jaw bone, they offer more stability than bridges and dentures. Integration of the tooth implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
There are many advantages to dental implants:
- They reduce gum recession and bone loss which often happens with traditional bridges and dentures
- They're stationary: no wobbling or clicking
- They do not have a collateral effect to neighboring teeth as with bridges
- They're durable, reliable and dependable
- Implant-supported bridges are more comfortable
- They preserve bone health by substituting for the missing root, thus providing the mass to assist the bone in retaining its natural size
- They do not cause difficulties with eating particular foods