You've watched the Makeover shows on TV. You have seen that dentistry can offer life-changing results. Dental work must function adequately under great stresses of chewing, grinding, nail-biting, etc. Dental implants, when appropriate, can offer great function and cosmetics.
Dental implants have a track record over the last four decades. To [over] simplify, a dental implant is a titanium-metal anchor in the jawbone, meant to replace the root of a missing tooth (or several teeth). On top of the implant can be placed a crown, bridge, or removable (false) teeth.
The benefits of implants can be many. They provide a natural-looking cosmetic enhancement by filling the space of a missing tooth. They provide a secure and comfortable function for replacement teeth, even stabilizing dentures. Implants can eliminate the need to grind down other natural teeth for a bridge. They help prevent deterioration of the jawbone caused by loss of teeth. Implants can give you increased confidence in laughing, smiling, speaking and eating. You will look and feel better.
Implants must be placed under certain guidelines and not every person or situation is correct for implants. Some specialists and fewer general dentists place implants. You should talk to your dentist if you are interested in a dental implant. If you are missing one tooth or more, you may greatly benefit functionally and cosmetically from dental implants.