A dental implant is a titanium post like a tooth root that is surgically fitted into the jaw bone beneath the gum line that allows to mount replacement teeth or a bridge into that space. An implant is not temporary solution or is not loose fitted like a denture can. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges. The tooth attached to implants are very natural looking. Dental implants are very strong, stable and will last many years, but after long period of time, they may need to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Procedure :The process of implants requires a many seatings.
- X-rays and molds are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself on to the bone 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 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 created and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. As several fittings may be required, this step may take one to two months to complete. After a healing period, the artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.