Dental implants are, in most cases, the optimal option for replacing missing or extracted teeth. Essentially, they are replacement tooth roots - small titanium posts that are placed into the bone where the tooth is missing. The bone will adhere to the post, similar to a tooth root. Once this occurs, a tooth buildup or an abutment and then a implant crown can be placed onto the implant. When more than one tooth is missing, implants can be used as fence post to help restore multiple teeth with a bar or an implant bridge.
Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth, and do not share problems inherent in removeable dentures, such as impaired speech and difficulty eating.