Dental implants are the result technological advancement in the field of dentistry. They have all but taken the place of traditional dentures as a substitute for natural teeth.
Permanent implants are surgically installed into the jawbone. They are widely used in cosmetic dentistry to restore functionality and improve the look of the patient’s smile. Most people are happy with the convenience and comfort that implants bring.
Patients who have healthy gums and adequate bone structure make the best candidates for dental implants.
Your dentist will use xrays and CT scans to determine if implant surgery is a good option for you.
The entire process will span from three to nine months over a schedule of appointments. You can have the surgery in the dentist’s office or in a hospital setting if you prefer.
It will take another six months for the natural bone to be fully integrated with the implant. When the healing is complete your dentist will install a crown over the implant and your new tooth will be intact.
If you follow a specific program for maintenance your implant will last a lifetime.