A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a specialist places into your jawbone to support a tooth replacement or a bridge.
Implants are very conservative in nature, since they replace missing teeth without damaging adjacent tooth structure. In fact, dental implants preserve your natural anatomy. If a tooth is lost, in time so will be the jawbone associated with that tooth. Teeth in effect hold the jawbone in place- so does an implant if teeth are lost.
Implants not only replace teeth, but also replace the confidence in your smile. Chewing, Speaking, Smiling are all tooth related benefits that implants may restore. Also, if you wear dentures and they are not as secure as they once were, implants may help hold them in place so you forget that you are even wearing them!
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Under proper conditions, such as placement by a specialist and routine periodic maintenence, implants may last a lifetime. Long-term studies continue to show improving success rates for implants.