Even though most of us have access to extremely good dental care, there are still millions of Americans who suffer from tooth loss. According to WebMD, the most common causes of tooth loss are tooth decay, periodontal disease, or injury. For a long time the only way to treat tooth loss was with bridges and dentures, but now there is another option — dental implant surgery.
Let’s take a look at everything a person might want to know and should expect ahead of this procedure…
1. What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are used to replace tooth roots. Thus, dental implant surgery is a procedure that uses metal, screw-like posts to replace old, damaged, or missing teeth with new artificial teeth that look surprisingly real, and can function exactly like real teeth. It’s pretty impressive! “Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth,” writes WebMD.
This surgery is a great alternative to dentures or bridgework, particularly for people who do not have natural teeth roots or those who don’t have the groundwork to allow the construction of dentures or bridgework. The Mayo Clinic goes on to explain that how dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of the jawbone.