Before dental implants became accessible and affordable, the only way to replace missing teeth was to get dentures. Implants are much more customizable and less invasive.
Implants are synthetic structures, usually made of ceramic or metal. They are placed where roots normally reside and are anchored to the jawbone or a metal frame on the bone. Implants act as a foundation for artificial teeth and permanent bridges. They are designed to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth.
Not everyone is a viable candidate for a dental implant. In order for an implant to successfully take hold, a certain bone density must be met, and the immune system must be strong. Implants also require strict oral hygiene to prevent infection and ensure longevity.