When you lose a tooth, dental implants can make your mouth look and feel wonderful. Dental implants are a small metal artificial tooth root, permanently placed in your jawbone, that replaces the root of your natural tooth. It is fixed into your jawbone, bonds to your bone, and creates a very strong foundation on which to mount an artificial replacement tooth (commonly known as a crown). Its purpose is to hold the replacement tooth firmly in place, giving it full functionality and aesthetics. Once the artificial root (the dental implant) is safely inserted into the jawbone, dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
Dental implants generally have a high success rate. With proper care and regular visits to your periodontist and dental professional, they can last a lifetime.