If you are missing teeth and want the best long-term tooth-replacement option, consider dental implants. This increasingly popular treatment involves the surgical implantation of a titanium post that integrates with the jawbone. Several months after being screwed into place, the implant and bone become so solidly joined together that the implant can accept a prosthetic tooth that is as firmly anchored in place as a natural tooth. The result is a replacement tooth that not only functions much like your own teeth, but it also looks and feels entirely natural, and there is no slipping or shifting. Because the replacement tooth is as securely rooted in place as the natural teeth surrounding it, patients can smile and chew with confidence.
P.S. Implants may be used to secure bridges when more than one tooth is missing.