A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. After teeth have been lost, there is no longer any stimulation to the bone in that area and the bone will actually begin to shrink away. This can affect the overall health of your mouth in many ways such as change in chewing, speech and shifting of other teeth. This unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede. Dental implants can also help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth, so your face retains its natural shape.
Dental implants can act to not only replace your missing teeth but also are the only “tooth replacement modality” that will also preserve bone levels. We can also use implants as an alternate to bridgework and eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth.