Although dental implants have been around for decades, they’ve undergone a sort of revolution recently thanks to new technology. Among the most popular types of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth—crowns, bridges, and dentures—none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants. In many instances, dental implants are not only the best option but also the only logical choice for the structurally sound restoration of severely damaged or missing teeth.
Today’s dental implants procedure consists of small titanium posts that are placed into the actual section of the jawbone where teeth are missing. Eventually, the patient’s bone begins to bond, or integrate itself with the titanium, thus forming a strong, anchor-type foundation for the incoming artificial teeth. Once the healing process is complete, the artificial teeth are ready to be attached. The final product will restore the patient’s mouth’s natural appearance as well as prevent bone deterioration (which typically occurs when teeth are missing), offering an aesthetically pleasing and permanent solution to tooth loss.