Dental implants represent one of the most incredible advances in dentistry that occurred in the twentieth century. Human beings have always suffered from tooth loss, although much less so in the last one hundred years as general health has improved, especially in the developed world. And we have always sought solutions to this loss of teeth, in recognition of the fact that your mouth can function at its best when it has a full set of teeth, even if some of them are replicas of natural teeth.
The advent of dental implants means that false teeth can be securely housed in the mouth in a fashion that is so much like their state that patients can hardly tell the difference after a while. They work by a socket being placed beneath the gum, into which a false tooth can be screwed. But the real trick of dental implants is that they are placed right next to the jaw bone after the discovery that titanium fuses naturally with living bone after a time (the process is clinically known as osseointegration). The housing that this provides for the replica teeth is incredibly stable.
Dental implants are not a cheap option but once they are in place you won’t have to think about it anymore. Options like dental bridge work (if there are still teeth in the mouth to support the bridge) and particularly dentures are far cheaper and less invasive but they cannot compete with dental implants in terms of providing enduring stability for replica teeth. Your Central Leeds dentist can give you all the relevant information about dental implants if you have missing teeth and are interested in the procedure.