Dental implants act as a tooth’s root and are made up of a titanium. Titatium is one of the most neutral metals for our body and is also routinely used in many other implant procedures other than in dentistry. A Dental Implant is in the form of a tooth’s root and is inserted into the bone in place of your missing tooth’s root.
Once a dental implant is inserted into the bone, it get integrated with the bone and thus can support a tooth crown/cap over it. A implant with a crown/cap over it, acts as a replaced tooth and serves most of the functions of your natural tooth, such as in chewing your food, improving your smile, improving your speech. Due to many advances in Dental Implants in the past decade, the success rate and efficiency of dental implants as an option for replacing missing tooth has increased tremendously.
Yes, there is. A missing tooth can be replaced by a fixed partial denture (FPD) commonly known as a bridge or by a removable denture. To place a bridge (FPD) your dentist will have to grind the adjacent teeth in order to replace your missing tooth, which is considered as harmful and can also damage your teeth’s nerve. In case of a removable denture, the load of mastication will be placed on remaining teeth and bone and in long term the bone will also reduce in size and there may be increased load on your remaining teeth which may lead to problems in the long term.
Therefore, Dental Implant is considered as the best solution for replacing missing tooth/teeth without damaging your remaining teeth.