Your tooth is made up of two parts , the root which is embedded in your jawbone and the crown which is the part of the tooth you can see. When a tooth is missing or removed, the bone that previously surrounded the tooth root begins to resorb or deteriorate.
Dental implants are basically substitute tooth roots that function similar to natural tooth roots, stimulating bone growth and providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth.
Why Dental Implants?
Dental implants have become the preferred method of tooth replacement for several important reasons:
- No other treatment option prevents the bone resorption/deterioration that occurs when a tooth is lost or removed.
- This is the only tooth replacement option that preserves the adjacent teeth, as opposed to cutting them down to place a bridge or hooking a partial denture to them.
- Dental implants have by far the best long-term success rates of any treatment option – and this has been documented in the scientific literature for over four decades.
- Since dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, there is rarely a need for additional treatment. With other forms of tooth replacement that need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years, additional dentistry is almost always necessary in the future. As a result, dental implant treatment is the most cost-effective option long-term.