Dental implants are the latest solution to replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a titanium screw inserted into the jawbone by a dental specialist. After several weeks of healing, it will function in a similar manner as the root of a tooth. The dentist will then place a crown over the titanium root to restore function and esthetics.
Implants are considered long term restorations that function effectively, and appear and feel natural. The success of dental implants depends on whether a patient is the right candidate for treatment. Patients must have the proper bone density and effective immune system to support dental implants.