A dental implant is designed to replace teeth that are missing or to help support appliances such as dentures or partials.
Generally implants are made from special titanium alloys and have a similar function to a tooth's natural root. Once in place, the dental implant acts as an anchor for a ceramic crown and permanently replaces missing teeth.
One tooth or multiple teeth can be replaced or the implant can be used as an anchor to support dentures so they can only be removed when the patient so desires. Once placed, implants feel like your own teeth. Whenever a tooth is removed, bone will begin to dissolve however, once the implant is placed the natural pressure on the implant will stimulate the production of new bone thus stopping bone loss. Implants have a very high success rate, and other than having the implant cleaned at regular hygiene cleanings, there is no other maintenance.