Dental Implants are a great advancement in dentistry as they permanently replace missing teeth in a way that no previous dental technique was able to accomplish. Implants are anchors made out of the strongest titanium materials, that are implanted into the bone and then covered with a cap or denture. They are stronger than a natural root and will never require a root canal or filling. An implant will help maintain the health and shape of the bone in the jaw area, and neighboring teeth do not need to be filed down to make room for it.
It is imperative that the dentist performing the implant be experienced and skilled in all the proper techniques of Implant dentistry. When done successfully, an implant will result in a comfortable and natural looking tooth, thereby providing a permanent solution to a missing tooth.
This patient lost her front tooth in an ice skating accident. The options were to place a three tooth bridge, which requires the removal of a lot of the adjacent teeth, an implant, or a removable appliance like a partial denture. The patient chose to have an implant placed.
The completed treatment looks like nothing ever happened. If you did not know there was a tooth previously missing you would not be able to venture a guess that any treatment had ever been done.