A dental implant is a surgical procedure used to replace missing teeth. A dental implant is designed to not just be functional, but it also serves a cosmetic purpose. Implants restore smiles, and seamlessly blend in with the appearance of your other teeth.
Implants are a long-term, permanent solution to the issue of missing teeth.
The Advantages of Dental Implants
As mentioned above, dental implants are a permanent solution if you’re missing one, or more than one tooth.
The Dental Implant Process
Typically, placing a dental implant is going to require you to undergo a two-part procedure.
During the first procedure your implant(s) will be placed in your jaw bone, and then after a period of three to six months, the implants will gradually bond to the bone.
During these initial months, you’ll likely wear dentures, and you may have a restricted diet of soft foods, in order to ensure your implants are kept intact. Also during this time, your dentist will be working on the creation of your replacement teeth.
Once your implant has bonded to your jawbone, you’ll begin the second phase of the procedure, in which anchors will be placed in your gums. Finally, your artificial teeth will be placed.
While the entire process should take anywhere from six to eight months, you won’t notice much of a disruption of your daily life or routine, and the end result will be a long-lasting, completely functional and beautiful smile.