What is Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root replacement and is used in prosthetic dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. The most widely accepted and successful implant today is the integrated implant. It is an anchor material (titanium) that is placed to the jawbone. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointment, implant fuse to the bone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or dentures
What is the process of Dental Implants?
First, surgery is performed to place the anchor and wait a couple of months for the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place. Some implants require a second surgery in which a post is attached to connect the anchor to the replacement teeth. With other implants, the anchor and post are already attached and are placed at the same time.
After the gums have had several weeks to heal, the next step is begun. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. And now you can have back your natural and beautiful smile. Implant surgery can be done either in a dental office or in a hospital, depending upon a number of factors. A local or general anesthetic may be used. Usually pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed.
Your dentist will give you instruction on diet and oral hygiene.