Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide an alternative to having removable partial or complete dentures. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dental specialist. A crown is then attached to the implant, providing the benefits of having a fully functional tooth that looks very natural.
The process of having an implant placed requires a number of visits over several months. After deciding that an implant is right for you, X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. The implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the crown in place. After a few weeks of healing, a crown is made and fitted to the post portion of the implant, and the implant can now function as a natural tooth. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help to maintain your new implant and ensure it can function for several years.