A dental implant is essentially a tiny post made of titanium that is placed into the jawbone by means of surgery. It serves as the tooth root and will allow your dentist to mount a replacement tooth (dental crown) into that area.
How Do They Work?
Certain factors determine the length of time required for an implant procedure:
- Dental health
- How many teeth are involved
- Which teeth need to be replaced
- If extraction is needed prior to the implant procedure
During the surgery, your mouth will be numbed using local anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision in your gums to expose the bone underneath and then drill a small space for the implant to be placed. The gums are then closed and stitched. Over the course of a few months, the implant will gradually integrate to the bone.
In the second phase, another tiny incision will be made to expose the implant and an abutment for the dental crown will be placed on it. The dentist will make a mold/impression which will then be sent to a laboratory, where the dental crown will be fabricated. The last step is the final placement of the dental crown.
Implant restoration has become the preferred choice for people who want to replace their missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent and very sturdy. They feel and look just like your natural teeth. With implant restorations, you can smile confidently again.