A dental implant is a tooth device used to replace missing teeth. It is usually made of titanium. It serves as a root of a tooth and supports restorations that resemble a tooth or a group of teeth.
Dental implants are placed as a root of the tooth within the bone. The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone.
Dental implants can support number of dental prostheses, including crowns, bridges, implant supported dentures. Implants are very durable and if properly maintained can last a lifetime.
It is crucial to keep them clean and visit your hygienist every 4 months. The complete procedure of getting an implant restored will take a few visits to the Doctor. First visit will be a surgery visit when we place the implant into the bone.
Once that visit is completed we will leave an implant to integrate into the bone for 3 months before finalizing the restoration. Once implant is completely integrated into the bone and solid we can proceed to place a final restoration which will include an abutment and a porcelain crown.
After the placement of the crown you can proceed to treat the implant tooth just like any other regular teeth. You will be able to chew, smile, and speak the same way you did once you had an actual tooth.