A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. A ceramic crown is then then fitted to the implant, which bonds with bone over time. Implants and their attached crowns are the closest thing possible to natural teeth and make an attractive, conservative alternative to dentures and bridges. They look, feel and function just like your natural teeth. Benefits of dental implants include:
Stable solution for life: Implants are fixed in place and do not move. Therefore, there is no slipping as with dentures.
Preserve a youthful profile: When you lose a tooth, shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Implants can prevent bone shrinkage.
Eat what you want: Implants are anchored securely in your jaw. This stability allows you to eat your favourite foods.
Saves healthy teeth: Unlike bridges, which require filing down of healthy teeth for support, Implants are placed such as they don’t impact on adjacent healthy teeth.