Conventional bridges or dentures are no longer the only options for replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, dental implants fuse directly to the jawbone and serve as a foundation for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
Because they fuse directly to the jawbone, implants offer the most stability. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and many people find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Candidates for dental implants must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by the dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.