Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to replace a
missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The
dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic
(artificial replacement) dentistry, though it also is a form of cosmetic dentistry.
By replacing missing tooth roots, implants offer more
than an esthetic enhancement, providing people with the strength and
durability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling
to chew. Although you have a number of restorative options for the
treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally
effective and durable as implants.
In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical
choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth
and supporting structures.
Teeth are lost because of:
People who have lost teeth might feel too
self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities
caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and
this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless
of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may
provide a simple remedy with proven results.