Dental implants are metal rods or frames that are surgically placed in the jawbone below your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to attach replacement teeth.
Because the implants fuse with your jawbone, they provide stable support for the artificial teeth. Dentures and bridges mounted on implants do not slip or move in your mouth, a benefit that is especially important when you eat and talk. This way, dentures and bridges – as well as individual crowns placed on implants – look more natural than conventional solutions.
For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply uncomfortable and can lead to painful sores and thinning of the ridges. In addition, conventional bridges must be attached to the teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. With implants, no adjacent teeth need to be prepared or ground down to fit your replacement tooth.