About 100 years ago, roughly half of all adults in North America were toothless. Today, thanks to improved dental care and awareness, less than 10 percent of adults over the age of 65 have lost teeth. For those who do, there are cosmetic dental procedures that can replace lost teeth and improve quality of life.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments is dental implants. Dental implants are placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth, and over the next six to 12 weeks, the jawbone heals around the implant and anchors it securely into the jaw. They are made from titanium, and generally last a lifetime when cared for properl