Artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. A connector – known as an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth.
There are many advantages to dental implants, including:
- They look and feel like your own teeth.
Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- They can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.