Dental implants are small dental appliances surgically inserted into both the upper and lower jaws to replace one
or more missing or diseased teeth. Today more and more people are choosing dental implants over removable
dentures or fixed bridges. That’s largely because dentures and bridges have several disadvantages.
For example, bridges can affect nearby healthy teeth, and dentures may cause bone loss in the area where the teeth are missing.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots and can be used in both the upper and lower jaws. Resembling
screws, they are made from metal called titanium and other materials that are safe for use in the human body. A
dental professional surgically attaches the implants to the jawbone and gum tissue. The implants then can be
used as an anchor for dental crowns, or artificial replacement teeth.
Patients who are in good health and have healthy gums and adequate bone to support implants are usually
considered candidates for dental implants. If you are self-conscious about your missing, diseased, or decayed
teeth, ask your dental professional if dental implants are a good option for you.