While nothing can actually replace a natural tooth, dental implants and their accompanying crowns are a close match. Whenever a tooth is lost, whether it is trauma, decay, or from age, it is crucial to replace the tooth in order to prevent a variety of other problems from occurring.
Dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that the body will not fight. The main implant is fused with the jawbone as a replacement for the tooth. This is important because it applies the needed pressure to the bone and prevents it from disintegrating.
On top of the implant sits a post. Your crown will be attached to the post and give the appearance of a natural tooth. Crowns are made with high-quality, strong materials, and can handle the stress of a bite just like a tooth.
For those that wear dentures due to the majority of their teeth being removed can also greatly benefit from dental implants. The occasional hassles of wearing dentures that slip often can get very annoying, but they can feel much more secure with the support of dental implants. Typically at least four dental implants are put in place, and then the dentures are made to lock in place. In addition to not having to worry about them sliding out of position at an inopportune time, it can also help prevent gum irritation. Due to the soft nature of gums, they can adjust and make standard dentures need to be adjusted. Dentures held in place via implants takes the stress off of the gums, ensuring fewer adjustments are needed.