Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They allow you to live the way you want to – confidently eating, smiling, laughing, talking, and enjoying all of your everyday activities without worrying about your teeth. Think of dental implants as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns. Your prosthetic tooth or teeth will be anchored securely below the gum line just like a natural tooth. Implants also help you avoid bone loss that can occur with missing teeth. Implants are the only way to stimulate the jawbone after missing teeth and prevent premature aging that results from jawbone atrophy. Finally, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime and don’t require extra maintenance.