Dental implants often are the best solution to replacing teeth or securing dentures more firmly. They were developed over half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Branemark and have since seen a high degree of success. To learn more click here.
The implant mimics the shape and size of the missing natural tooth. Usually, only local anesthesia is used because people rarely report feeling discomfort during the placement of the implant. The root portion is typically made out of metal such as titanium and treated on the surface so that your bone will actually integrate closely with the implant locking it in place. This root portion is placed in the jaw and allowed to heal from 3 to 9 months. During this time, a temporary tooth can be attached to the implant or it is covered with a healing cap. After the implant has integrated with the bone, an impression is made and sent to the lab to make the tooth crown portion. This crown is then permanently placed onto the root form of the implant.
Post Implant Care
The implant should be cared for just as well as you care for your natural dentition. Plaque can cause inflammation around the implant causing the bone to recede just as it does around natural teeth. Therefore, routine check-ups and proper oral hygiene are recommended to maintain an inflammation free implant which can last a lifetime.