If you have missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth.
An implant is a new tooth made of titanium and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. Your implant is generally composed of three parts that mimic a tooth’s root and crown. The implant’s “root” is a titanium post placed into the jaw bone to act as a root. Once the implant root is in place, a titanium or esthetic abutment is fixed into the titanium root. A porcelain crown is attached to the abutment to replace the top part of your tooth.
Implants may also be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. Plus, for patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.