A dental implant is a metal device that is inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the roots of a lost tooth. The device, which resembles a small rod, integrates with the jawbone over time through a process called osseointegration. 

During osseointegration, which begins immediately after the placement of the implant and is completed over the course of several months, the bone cells grow around the inserted implant, eliminating the space between the device and the jawbone. After osseointegration takes place, the implant is secure within the bone. 

Although there are many tooth-replacement options available, the implant is frequently recommended over other alternatives. Here are a few reasons why a dental implant may be the best option for you.

1. Permanence

An implant only requires replacement if it fails, and for a dental implant, failure is rare. As long as the implant and surrounding tissues are properly cared for, the device should remain in place permanently. 

Implants tend to fail because of oral and systemic health issues instead of an actual problem with the device itself. Conditions that may contribute to the failure of an implant include uncontrolled blood sugar, periodontal disease, and tobacco usage. Additionally, an implant may fail if it's forced from its original position in the bone. Once an implant has been moved out of place, it does not reconnect to the jawbone.

2. Stability

Dental implants provide stabilization for crown-replacement devices, such as dentures and dental bridges. A traditional denture is held in place by the suction produced as the denture rests against the roof of the mouth and the gum ridge. However, the suction is often insufficient to prevent the denture from slipping about as a person chews. 

The dentist can connect the denture to strategically placed implants to hold the device in position. In a similar manner, an implant can also be used to secure a dental bridge when an abutment tooth is unavailable.

3. Jawbone Health

After a tooth is lost, the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth may begin to shrink or atrophy, The decline of the bone tissue occurs because of a lack of stimulation.

When a natural tooth is present in its socket, bite pressure is transferred from the tooth to the jawbone during mastication. This pressure stimulates the production of new bone cells. However, the stimulation along the associated area of bone wanes once a tooth is missing. Nevertheless, like a natural tooth, a dental implant transfers stimulating pressure to the jawbone to encourage the bone's continued health.

For more information about dental implants, schedule a consultation with a dentist in your local area.