Traditionally, when a patient lost a tooth due to decay, fracture, infection, etc., the options available for replacement of the missing tooth often placed other healthy teeth in jeopardy. For example, a bridge would replace a missing tooth at the expense of the tooth in front and the tooth in back being prepared for crowns. For this reason it used to be very difficult to conservatively replace a missing tooth/teeth.
Dental implants are the most exciting and conservative tooth replacement option available today. Serving as THE GOLD STANDARD in modern dentistry when it comes to replacing a single or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. A dental implant functions to replace the root , such that it is the only treatment option currently available to replace a missing tooth without traumatizing the adjacent dentition.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, another option you can discuss with your doctor is Implant supported dentures: