What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown, bridge or denture in place. Since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support, implant dentistry is the best way to replace a missing tooth. Implants can also be used to anchor a bridge or dentures when multiple teeth are missing. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies traditional bridgework and dentures.