Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds to the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
In addition to replacing teeth, dental implants are used with dentures and partials. The dental implants are placed to help the retention of the partials and dentures. The added retention keeps the dentures and partials from “popping up” while functioning, removing those embarrasing moments around the dinner table.