What are dental implants?

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant is a titanium metal screw that replaces a tooth root. The implant acts as an anchor for artificial (fake) teeth such as:

Who might need dental implants?

Most people who have one or more missing teeth are candidates for dental implants. You may need a dental implant if you lose a tooth due to:

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants can improve your appearance, speech and chewing ability. Your dentist may recommend implants to secure permanent or removable dental bridges and dentures. Because implants are permanent, you don’t have to use adhesives like those that hold dentures in place. And, unlike dental bridges that require a provider to remove parts of nearby teeth, all of your healthy teeth stay intact. Dental implants do not get cavities.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 09/29/2020.

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