Dental implants are the closest you can get to healthy, natural teeth. They are artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. They bond with your natural bone via bone graphs.
Implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. 3 million people in the United States have implants, a number that is growing by 500,000 annually.
Here is where it gets creepy:
That bone they use for the graph either comes from other dead humans or dead animals. Options today include obtaining bone from a cadaver source or an animal source to replace the missing bone.
They can also get bone from a bone tissue bank. Tissue banks store bone tissue from cadavers, synthetic bone (allografts), and bovine bone (xenografts).
You may be walking around with a dead person’s bones in your mouth right now.
Talk to your dentist and know what you are getting, ask questions.