Dental implants are inserted directly into the jaw where they replace the roots of missing teeth. More than an anchor for restorations, dental implants actually take over some of the functions performed by tooth roots, not the least of which is making sure there is enough bone in the jaw to support the teeth.
When a tooth is lost through trauma, disease, or extraction, the root is lost as well. Without the root in place, your body may begin to repurpose minerals in the jaw for use elsewhere in the body. This can result in a shrinking or collapse of the jaw,...Read More