Dental Implants are a great advancement in modern dentistry as they permanently replace missing teeth in a way that no previous dental technique was able to consistently provide. Implants are basically “bone anchors” fabricated out of one of the most biocompatible medical materials, titanium. Implants are surgically implanted into the bone and then covered with an abutment (used to connect the crown to the implant) and crown (cap) or abutment and denture. They are stronger than a natural root and will never experience decay that could require a filling or root canal procedure. An implant will help maintain the health and shape of the bone in the jaw; neighboring teeth do not need to be filed down to make room for it.
It is imperative that the dentist performing the implant be experienced and skilled in all the proper techniques of implant dentistry. When done successfully, an implant will result in a comfortable and natural looking tooth, thereby providing a permanent solution to a missing tooth.