When a tooth is missing, the jawbone deteriorates over time. So while a denture or bridge may seem to function similarly to a tooth, underneath the surface, damage is being done to the jawbone and ultimately to the structure of the face. This can result in the distortion of the shape of a person’s face, leading to additional cosmetic costs down the road.
On the other hand, dental implants are made of titanium, which actually integrates with the jawbone, strengthening it and stimulating bone growth. This preserves the natural strength and quality of the mouth, lessening the chance of problems in the future.