When you lose a tooth, the bone tissue that used to surround the tooth can begin to deteriorate. Over time, this deterioration can cause your other teeth to shift and can change the appearance of your mouth. Dental implants can prevent bone loss and keep your jaws healthy.
An implant is metal replacement root that is inserted into your bone tissue. A replacement crown or an implant supported denture is then secured to the implant.
Implants are very strong because your bone tissue bonds to the implant material. With proper care an implant can last your whole life. The implant also transfers chewing forces to your bone, stimulating and strengthening it and preventing bone loss.