Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are inserted into the jawbone to replace missing natural teeth. They can make an attractive alternative to dentures and bridges as implants closely mimic the look and function of real teeth.

Dental implant techniques can replace one or several missing teeth.

In some patients, an entire set of artificial teeth can be carried on dental implants.

A dental implant is designed to last for many years, but poor oral hygiene can shorten its lifespan. Good oral hygiene is crucial.

Like real teeth, artificial teeth that are not regularly brushed and flossed can develop deposits (plaque and calculus) that eventually lead to dental problems such as bleeding gums, loss of bone, infection and pain.

Properly maintained implants that are anchored by sufficient bone can last for many years, although repairs may be needed, like other dental appliances.