Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. Implants and their attached crowns closely mimic missing natural teeth. Implants can replace one or several missing teeth. In some cases, an entire set of artificial teeth can be carried on dental implants and they make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges.
- like natural teeth, are cleaned by dental floss and brushing with regular toothpaste
- prevent bone loss in the jaw (this may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose)
- prevent the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that can occur after tooth extraction (missing teeth cause bone loss in the jaw)
- may prevent gum recession
- are firmly secured in the jaws
- are usually more comfortable than dentures