Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. Dental implants are the best and most predictable treatment for replacing missing or hopeless teeth. Dental implants have the highest long-term success because the implants integrate with bone. This is a permanent and unbreakable bond with the bone. As long as infections are prevented by diligent homecare, dental implants will have a very predictable long-term success. Also, dental implants can never decay or have a cavity, which is another reason for their high success rate.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. The first step is to place the implant.
For three to six months following the placement surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. The dentist will uncover the implants and attach a small healing collar. After a couple weeks, your restorative dentist designs the final bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both your function and your aesthetics.
The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.