What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a natural-looking artificial tooth root that is placed into your jawbone. Dental implants are extremely strong and long lasting. However, dental implants may have to be re-tightened or replaced over time.
Why dental implants?
- A dental implant looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth.
- In some cases, dental implants may last an entire lifetime.
- A dental implant does not affect adjacent teeth.
- A dental implant improves chewing, speech and digestion.
What is the process of dental implants?
The process of dental implants may take up to nine months to complete. The dentist will perform surgery to mainstay the “artificial root” into or on the jawbone. Next, the gum is obtained over the implant, which must remain covered until it melds with the bone. Afterward, the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches an extension to the implant. Finally, the dentist makes an artificial tooth, or crown, that is joined to the implant post.