Dental implants were a relatively recent development that accompanied dentures as the solution to replacing missing teeth. They are titanium structures placed in the area of the missing tooth. Dental implants are placed in the upper and/or lower jaw, creating a foundation for the placement of a crown or a permanent bridge.
A dental implant is essentially a titanium post inserted into the jawbone. After a period of healing, it will function in a similar manner to the root of a tooth. A porcelain crown will be cemented to the implant. They are considered long term restorations and are comfortable, natural looking, and function effectively.
The success of dental implants depend on whether a patient is the right candidate for the treatment or not. Patients must have the proper bone density and effective immune system to support dental implants.
Dental implants are designed to provide cosmetic benefits as well. They replicate the appearance and feel of natural teeth.