To replace missing teeth, dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges, partials, and full dentures.
An implant is an artificial root made of titanium steel. It’s inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth, and an artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place. The end result is comfortable and looks like a real tooth.
If you have an implant, your dentist may perform the procedure or refer you to a dental specialist who has further training in this area.
If you’re in good general health and have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to hold an implant, an implant may be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone augmentation (graft) to build up the bone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if this can be done for you. Make an appointment with us to see if an implant will work for you.