You’ve probably heard that dental implants are a great option for people who have suffered tooth loss. But what exactly are they? Simply put, implants are titanium or ceramic screws that function like tooth roots, creating a strong foundation for replacement teeth.
Titanium or ceramic are biocompatible materials that fuses with bone, a process known as osseointegration. Once fused with your jawbone, the titanium/ ceramic posts anchor replacement crowns. Because the crowns are fixed in bone, and cosmetically matched to your own teeth, they look and feel very much like the real tooth.
Today, dental implants are considered the standard of care for missing teeth, with success rates in healthy patients of over 98%. Implants act like real teeth, they support and stimulate your jaw bone thus preventing bone loss and maintaining facial structure.
The longer you wait after tooth loss, the more your surrounding gum and bone begin to shrink. So, the longer you wait to have your dental implant placed, the more tissue is lost and the greater chance the implant site ( the bone or the gum) will need to be rebuilt prior to placement.Today there are many different techniques to regrow your lost gum and bone tissue, all of which will be discussed at your initial consultation visit.