Dental implants are replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, implants can allow you to regain normal function and be able to confidently show off a nice smile once again.
There’s no shame in losing a tooth. About 64% of people ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one tooth due to an accident, serious decay or another cause, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. By the time we reach the age of 74, one in four of us has no teeth at all.
The implants themselves are tiny titanium objects placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The jawbone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the new tooth. They are the go-to permanent solution for missing teeth, and they can last a lifetime if cared for properly. That can’t be said of dentures or bridges — the things we relied on in the past when teeth were lost. Dental implants do not need to be removed like dentures, sparing you the embarrassment of having to remove dentures before eating. Implants don’t rely on other teeth for placement, like a bridge, and they do not impact speech or eating.
In addition to these benefits, dental implants can also help preserve facial structure by preventing bone deterioration that can occur when a tooth is missing. For all of these reasons, dental implants are the recommended option when most patients lose a tooth.