Generally an artificial structure placed into bone, which provides for prosthetic replacement of some missing structure. Also used to describe a graft placed in soft tissue.
Today, dental implant treatment is the preferred method of tooth replacement. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots, helping to preserve the bone in the jaw and original shape of the face. Because they replace the root, implants act as the anchor for the missing tooth, therefore eliminating the need to cut down the adjacent teeth. Dental implants form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth. Research shows that replacement teeth supported by dental implants have over 90% success rates in long-term function.
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