During the last 20 years, dental implants have become a great alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a variety of available options give dentists many new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Your dentist will be able to evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Basically, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time and when the implant has taken, other parts will be placed on the implant that enables your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant.
Implants also can be used to support full or partial dentures. They dramatically improve the denture retention and stability.
Most patients with enough bone can have implants, although individual decisions are made between you and your dentist. Usually an X-ray and a CT-scan is done to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant and also to determine the size and kind of the implant that should be placed.