Implants are quickly gaining in popularity
An implant is essentially a replacement tooth that fills in a space where a tooth has been removed. The implant, usually made from titanium, is an anchor that is inserted under the gum and into the bone of the upper or lower jaw.
Implants serve as a permanent solution for patients who have lost a tooth to decay or an accident. Implants decrease the possibility of bone loss, periodontal disease, tooth movement, further tooth loss, and the look and function of natural teeth.
An implant serves as an option to a bridge or a denture. The implant replaces only the tooth that is missing. A traditional bridge uses adjacent teeth as abutments to support the bridge with a false tooth in between, while a denture is used when more than a single tooth has to be removed.
Maintaining an implant is no different than maintaining your natural teeth. It should be brushed and flossed regularly.