Dental Implants are the most recent method of tooth replacement. It is superior to other replacement methods owing to its anchorage to the bone and increased sensation of the chewing forces to the brain. The other replacement systems like removable denture and tooth supported fixed partial dentures are just mechanically retained and do not send the sensory impulses to the brain.
Dental Implants are titanium screws that are placed in the bone. The implant replaces the root portion of the tooth. The crown portion of the tooth that is outside the gum is then placed with either screw or cement retention to the underlying implant.
The dental implants are placed under local anaesthesia by a minor surgical drilling of the bone. The implants can be used to replace single tooth or all the teeth that are missing. The procedure is done as an outpatient treatment where the patient can walk out with a tooth
For patients in whom the adequate bone is not available to place implants, still the replacement could be done with implants by additional procedures like bone grafting and sinus lift. Dental Implants are the best solution for aesthetic and functional replacement of tooth.