If you have missing teeth, it is important to replace them. Additional wear on the remaining teeth can lead to unnecessary stress and breakage. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth.
An implant is a new tooth made of precious metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. Your implant is composed of two parts that mimic a tooth's root and crown. The implant's "root" is a titanium steel cylinder placed into the jaw bone to act as a root. Once the implant is in place, a porcelain crown is attached to replace the top part of your tooth.
Implants may also be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures, that tend to shift when you talk or chew. Plus, for patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.
Implants are the closest thing to your own real teeth. They are not complicated to place and there is little discomfort. The long term prognosis for implants is excellent.