When you have lost just one tooth, a single implant is inserted into the bone to replace the root part of that tooth; a natural-looking crown then goes on top. A dental implant stays securely anchored in your jaw, giving you a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, need to hook onto existing teeth and may loosen those teeth over time. Fixed bridgework, likewise, can compromise the natural teeth used as supports.
The visible part of your implant (the crown) is custom-made to enhance your smile. Through the natural process of osseointegration, bone cells in your jaw actually attach to the titanium metal of the implant. This creates a strong, durable anchor for your new teeth. Properly cared for, implants can last for the rest of your life—that’s what makes them such a good value.