A dental implant is an artificial root placed permanently in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
With the help of dental implants, we can fully remedy toothlessness and thus strongly improve chewing and speaking abilities as well as restore a beautiful smile. Implants can also serve as carriers of a fixed dental bridge or denture.
Historically, the methods included plastic acrylics, gold, and porcelain materials. While these are still viable options, all of them rested on the gums or anchored to adjacent teeth, unlike natural teeth.
They anchor back into the bone, just like natural teeth. What makes dental implants so great is that they put the force back on the bone. This takes pressure off the adjacent teeth and/or gums. When older methods are used, the neighboring teeth are overloaded, and thus don’t last as long. By having the bone support the area with synthetic roots, are you making the neighboring teeth last longer, and preventing future bone loss.
The teeth roots stimulate bone within the jaws. When you lose a tooth, the jaw loses 25% of bone in the first year, and 40% in three years. Furthermore, plastic dentures resting on the gums speeds up this rate of bone loss. The synthetic roots of dental implants are the only solution to stop this “osteoporosis-like” action in the mouth, and stimulate the bone to keep it healthy.