Dentures and dental bridgework are options for restoring missing teeth. Another alternative is the dental implant. This restorative dentistry treatment works particularly when only one tooth is missing and needs replacement. Dental implants are becoming popular as a way to restore missing teeth for several reasons.
Single implants look like natural teeth. Unlike bridgework and dentures which have the artificial teeth attached to one another, a single implant restoration stands alone. In this way, it truly resembles a natural tooth. Implants can also be used as abutment teeth for dental bridges or anchors for full dentures. In the case of dentures, the dentures lock onto the implants providing more stability for the denture than adhesive powders and pastes.
Dental implants require a minor surgical procedure for placement. A small post resembling a screw is placed into the jawbone at the designated site where the root of the missing tooth was located. Over time the bone melds with the post. After it is securely implanted, the area is prepared for a crown. When this phase is completed, a crown is placed on top of the post. The result is an artificial tooth that looks remarkably real.