Once your tooth is lost, the bone around the tooth immediately begins to dissolve. We call this process Resorption. Bone resorption is the process by which osteoclasts break down bone and release the minerals, resulting in a transfer of calcium from bone fluid to the blood. It occurs rapidly after tooth loss and you can lose up to 25% of the mass of bone in the 1st year. After this, the process will continue at a slower pace but will occur forever.
Dental Implants are the only tooth replacement that maintains the bone. They also help to preserve healthy adjacent teeth and are the best replacement for function, esthetics, and stability. In the long run, dental implants are often the most cost effective.
With over forty years of research, dental implants have proven to be the most predictable, natural, and longest lasting restorative option. You can use dental implants as anchors to cement individual missing teeth or you can use implants to hold specialized attachments that help secure complete over-dentures or partials. Dental Implant placement is relatively painless and safe with minimal post-operative problems.