Losing teeth is always a sensitive matter, especially if it happens at a young age. While we have had various options for their replacement for some time now with, for example, bridges and dentures, there is now a new choice which is fast growing in popularity.
A dental implant replaces both the lost tooth and its root. It is normally constructed using two parts, with the root part inserted directly into the bone, once that is completed and if necessary, healed, the replacement tooth can then be connected to it by using an abutment. This replacement tooth can be either permanent or removable.
Better appearance and better speech are among some of the clear advantages of dental implants over dentures. You will also experience improved comfort as they are usually permanent, making eating easier as they cannot slip. All of this gives you with improved self-esteem as your natural looking smile beams out again. On top of that implants are far more durable than almost any other option.
Can Anybody Do it?
Unfortunately, since implants require surgery, they are not for everyone. To qualify you need to have healthy gums, be in general good health and have adequate bone structure to support the implant. The success rate of dental implants can vary and depend significantly on the placement in the jaw. However, in general, implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Considering that most people report that the whole procedure involved in getting a dental implant hurts less than an extraction of a tooth, there is no reason not to choose this option if both your dentist and doctor recommend it as a viable alternative.