Tooth loss following sports injuries, accidents, and periodontal disease has historically been treated with dental inserts or bridges that are placed over the gap and secured to adjacent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth loss have declined over the past few decades, periodontal disease affects nearly half of North American adults and tooth loss is still common. The first step in maintaining strong and healthy teeth should always be preventative care. However, when needed, modern treatments for tooth loss can offer more permanent solutions that replicate the look and function of real teeth. This more natural result is achieved through dental implants that are rooted in the gums rather than attached superficially.