Missing teeth can compromise your health, eating habits, speech and appearance. Replacing missing teeth maintains the integrity of your facial structure and reduces the risk that the bone surrounding the previous tooth root will deteriorate or melt away.
The preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. A dental implant is a small metal screw which is placed in the upper or lower jaw where natural teeth have been lost. They function like a natural tooth root. Implants are made from titanium. This is because, liv-
ing bone will bond permanently to titanium and your system will not reject your implant like other foreign bodies.
Implants can be used to:
• replace a single tooth
• support a bridge to replace several missing teeth
• support a bridge when all teeth are missing
• provide secure fixation for a removable denture