Dental implants, also known as artificial tooth replacement, are used to treat tooth loss. A great way to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures, dental implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
A permanent solution, a dental implant is an artificial tooth that is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone.
The implants are made of biocompatible substitutes (ceramic and/or titanium), which the body does not reject and has no negative effect. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Most importantly, the patient’s immune system will not recognize the implants, and therefore not reject them.
While patients have a number of restorative options for the replacement of a missing tooth, none have been proven to be as durable, long-lasting and functionally effective as an implant – offering natural look and feel.
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What is involved in getting dental implants?
The process of getting dental implants requires a number of visits over several months to the dentist.
This process begins with X-rays and impressions (molds) that are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue and spacing availability for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant is surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for an upwards of six months. Depending on the type of implant and the patient, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants, the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. Because several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After the healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability of the implant and comfort to the patient.