Implants are the ideal way to replace missing teeth. The main part is a titanium “root” that is placed in the gums. A connecting piece attaches to the root and also to a crown, which is what fills in the missing space just like a natural tooth.
Benefits of dental implants
Helps you chew normally again
Enables you to smile again
Helps keep the jawbone from shrinking due to bone loss, which can cause esthetic concerns such as collapsed profile, loss of lip support & wrinkles
Preserves the health of the surrounding bone and gums
Do not have to work on the adjacent teeth. The implant fits entirely in the empty space caused by the missing tooth, and does not need to be anchored to other teeth.
Easier to clean. You can floss normally around an implant, unlike a bridge which needs a special flosser.
The implant stands on its own. By contrast, with a bridge, all the teeth involved in the bridge are tied together. This means that in the future any issue with a tooth that is part of the bridge will likely require working on the whole bridge.
An implant stays in place, and does not need to be removed at night the way a partial or complete denture does.
Implants can be used if you are missing just one tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of the teeth in one or both jaws. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, implants can be used in a few different ways, as shown in the diagram below.
A single implant supporting a single crown (left)
Two implants supporting a bridge to replace 3 or more teeth (center)
Multiple implants (usually 2-4) to help secure and stabilize a loose complete denture (right)