Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of natural teeth. But if you have lost teeth from disease or an accident, dental implants are a very effective way to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants are not teeth but are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. Because they fuse with the jawbone, they offer firm support to man-made teeth such as dentures or bridges. This secure fit makes man-made teeth feel more natural than typical bridges or dentures. Dental implants also help to preserve the bone after teeth are lost or extracted.
With good care, dental implants can last a lifetime. If you are in good general health, with a jawbone that can support an implant, this treatment may be an option for you. Talk to your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.