A dental implant is a strong tooth replacement, which along with a crown restores a missing tooth. The implant is screwed into the jaw by a qualified dentist and is designed to last a lifetime.
- The dental implant supports the alveolar bone, helping to prevent jawbone loss where teeth are missing.
- Gum disease can affect the tissue around an implant, therefore a dentist will check for healthy gums before proceeding.
- A candidate for a dental implant will need enough jawbone to support it and no existing gum infection.
“When your alveolar bone is strong, you’re less likely to lose teeth. Jawbone naturally recedes when a tooth is lost, as the bone is no longer being stimulated by that particular tooth and so the body doesn’t see a need for it.”