Dental implants are an excellent way of replacing a single tooth without the disadvantages of fixed bridgework or removable dentures. It is an ideal treatment for teeth which need to be extracted due to root fracture, decay or infection. They preserve your adjacent teeth. That means no grinding or crowning of your natural teeth for bridges, and no clasps for removable partial dentures.
First, the implant, which looks like a screw or cylinder, is placed into your jaw. Over the next two to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site. After that a small metal post, called an abutment, completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Because a dental implant will replace the tooth root, the bone is better preserved. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact.