Implants are a safe alternative to replacing missing teeth.
Nothing is as good as Mother Nature but what are your choices when needing to replace a missing tooth? The best choice is a dental implant which is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone in the place that the root of the tooth once lived. After a period of healing and integration with the bone, a crown is placed on the screws abutment and typically looks as real and natural as a human tooth. A good alternative to an implant is a fixed bridge which consists of shaping the neighboring teeth for crowns that are splinted together with the replacement tooth. The advantage of having an implant includes no harm to the adjacent teeth and no risk of new cavities developing. The procedure is generally less painful then the extraction of the previous tooth and most patients comment that they wish they would have done it sooner.