Dental implants are teeth that are implanted in the jaw. They will eventually fuse with your jawbone to create, basically, a working tooth. They are therefore very stable. Unlike traditional crowns and bridges, dental implants will not need support from your surrounding teeth. But because this is a minor surgical procedure, the process will often take a longer time to complete than crown or bridge replacements. This could mean up to nine months, depending on how quickly you heal. Dental implants are also sometimes used to support dentures or bridges.
Depending on the position of the teeth to be replaced and your dental health, a dentist will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. You must be in overall good health, with healthy gums and bone structure in order to receive the dental implant.
After an initial implant dentistry consultation with your dentist, if they decide that implants are a good choice for you, they will schedule the first appointment, during which the anchor or anchors will be implanted.
After your gums have had several weeks to heal, fittings will be taken for the dental implant. This may take more than one appointment. When the dental implants are ready, replacement teeth will be attached to the implant. Once healed, your dental implants will look and function just like your natural teeth.