More and more people are getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. They're a long-term solution that is imbedded in your jawbone, just like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants are made of titanium metal that "fuses" with the jawbone through a process called "osseointegration." Osseointegration is reason why implants never slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures, and why bone loss is usually not a problem .
What happens when a teeth is lost?
Surrounding each tooth is an alveolar bone that supports the tooth and when the tooth is lost, that bone basically melts away. This is why people who have lost most of their teeth and are not wearing dentures appear to have a caved-in appearance to their mouths.
Besides causing damage to the immediate area, tooth loss affects remaining teeth as well. Teeth create a structure for the face and their loss can shift the surrounding teeth, creating esthetic issues and bite problems.
Dental implants provide a strong foundation for the attachment of permanent crowns or removable artificial teeth . Instead of individual crowns, some patients may have attachments on their implant that support a removable denture
They even go your natural teeth one better, since they can't develop cavities.
Unlike fixed bridges or removable dentures, dental implants will not affect neighboring healthy teeth or lead to bone loss in the jaw. If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime