A dental implant is a tooth replacement for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or for any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post.
While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they may provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They may also be a more favorable approach than bridgework since implants do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.