Dental implants are a great choice for replacing missing teeth and providing a permanent alternative to partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are usually made of titanium and surgically placed in the jaw by a dentist or periodontist.
The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and can restore your smile back to a beautiful and healthy look. They are strong and durable and will last for many years. Occasionally, they will have to be tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons to choose dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Alleviate joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore your confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Improve or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture.
Getting dental implants requires a few visits over several months. X-rays and impressions will be taken of the jaw and teeth to determine spacing available for the implant. The area will be numbed and the implant will be surgically placed into the bone. Then it will heal and integrate itself into the bone in the next six months. Depending on which type of implant you receive, a second surgery may be needed to place the “post” that will hold the tooth in place. With some implants, the post and anchor are already attached and are placed during your initial surgery.
After ample healing time, an artificial tooth will be made and fitted to the post. If several fittings are required, this may take one to two months to complete. The artificial teeth will be secured to the implant. Your smile will be restored to its whole, beautiful state again!