Older people contemplating getting dentures could consider dental implants as an alternative.
With an increase in the number of people opting to get dental implants in recent years, the benefits of the procedure have been highlighted.
The process allows people to have the look and feel of natural teeth, without damaging the surrounding area.
Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center revealed the two types of dental implant procedure most commonly used with patients.
Endosteal implants are fitted through the jawbone in two surgical procedures. A second operation is needed to connect a post to the original implant.
Subperiosteal implants consist of a metal frame fitted onto the jawbone.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth that has been knocked or fallen out or an entire set of teeth which has become damaged over time.
If the replacement teeth are treated with the appropriate care and regular professional check-ups, they are likely to last a lifetime.
Colgate advises people to ensure their gums are healthy before choosing to get implants fitted.