Implants are considered by far the best option to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth by fixed method as indicated.
Implants consists of placing a titanium screw inside the jaw bone which acts like the root of a tooth. Once the bone heals around the titanium screw (implant) it is ready to receive a crown which looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Implants can be also used to replaces several missing teeth and can support bridges.
In Cases where a complete denture is required, implants can be used to increase the retention, such dentures are called overdentures.
The advantages of implants over other replacement option are-
- Does not need support of adjacent teeth, thus saving good tooth structure which otherwise needs to be trimmed in dental bridges.
- It gives better sensation on chewing food (closer to natural teeth) than other replacement options.
- As it a fixed prosthesis, it does not need to be removed for cleaning.