Dental implants are an alternative to dentures or bridges to restore a mouth that has missing teeth. Unlike dentures, implants act as a substitute tooth root, which helps preserve the bone that natural tooth roots are embedded in. Implants are natural-looking, as stable as your real teeth and protect you from the loss of jawbone.
According to the American Academy of Implant Prostodontics, implants also:
- Reduce movement of dentures, bridges, and crowns;
- Facilitate proper chewing;
- Provide support and improved stability for removable dentures or fixed bridge work;
- Improve speech and appearance of the jaw.