Dental Implants have become a common and predictable way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium root which is placed in the jaw. It takes about 2 to 3 months for the dental implant to become fixed in the jaw. After this period, a tooth can be fabricated out of porcelain to be fixed on top of the implant. The porcelain tooth looks and feels natural and functions like any other tooth in your mouth.
Dental implant placement
Dental implant restoration
A dental implant mimics the root of a tooth and supports a replacement tooth. Dental implants are made of titanium, a metal that is not rejected by the body. Your bone will bond to the implant. This process is termed osseointegration, and it will usually take 2-3 months to occur. After healing, an implant-supported tooth can be placed.
Any healthy person without gum disease and with enough bone to place the implant is a good candidate. Special radiographs including CT scans are often necessary to determine if there is enough bone for implant placement.
The surgery is done painlessly with local anesthetic. A site is prepared in the bone where the implant is to be placed. The site is closed with sutures. Most patients are back to work the next day and they are happy to learn that there is very little discomfort from the procedure.
Dental implants must be cared for much like natural teeth. It will be important to maintain regular recall appointments and to have the implant professionally cleaned, just like your natural teeth.