Dental implant is a small titanium screw that is embedded in the jawbone. Its job is to replace the natural root of the tooth that the patient has lost. Dental implants replace individual missing teeth or function as pillars for larger reconstructions – bridges or snap-on dentures.
Because dental implants act like natural teeth roots and prevent further bone loss. From the medical point of view, they are one of the best methods currently used. The main advantages of dental implants include: high comfort of use, improved quality of life, the possibility of giving up on removable dentures, no need to file down healthy teeth adjacent to the gap and aesthetic appearance.
Two methods are usually recommended to replace missing teeth: a bridge or an implant. The bridge is a combination of several crowns (tooth imitations), some of which are fixed on the patient’s teeth forming pillars and some replace the missing teeth. To anchor the bridge, it is necessary to file down the patient’s healthy teeth. In the case of a dental implant, there is no such necessity. The function of an implant is to imitate the root of the tooth, which prevents bone atrophy following tooth loss. Compared to the price of a bridge, the cost of an implant may seem higher at first, but it is a worthwhile investment for the patient in the long run.