Dental implants are the standard care for replacing missing teeth. These titanium posts or frames are surgically inserted into your jawbone to hold artificial teeth.
You can get an implant for a single tooth. If you have several missing teeth your implants can be customized to hold a fixed bridge.
Dental implants can be used to hold removable dentures in place (thus eliminating the hassle of denture adhesives) or permanently bolt the dentures.
Daily chewing and biting helps stimulate the periodontal complex, which prompt the alveolar bone to remodel and rebuild. Without the stimulation, the bone begins to deteriorate. You can lose up to 25% of your bone width in the first years after you’ve lost your tooth. Eventually, gum tissue and the alveolus bones begin to weaken too.
Once your gum and bones are affected, you’re at risk for losing even more teeth and experiencing much more serious problems: difficulty eating and chewing, bite collapse, and change in facial shape. Dental implants can prevent these problems from the beginning.
Most are made of titanium which are very compatible with our body’s tissue. These have been the choice material for the last 35 years, and the risk of reactions are very rare.