In many situations, dental implants can give back patients their confident smile. The benefits are improved esthetics and the ability to eat comfortably. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. In fact, no one other than you and your doctor will be able to tell the difference. Dental Implants are appropriate for almost anyone who is currently missing teeth or is at risk of losing teeth.
Dental implants are small prosthetic posts made of titanium that are placed into the jaw bone. Once placed, your natural bone heals around the implant, which then acts as a root and anchor for the replacement tooth. They can be used to replace a single tooth, or several teeth, or even as a solid support system for a denture.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and good health factors. The placement of an implant is a surgical procedure, and a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Local anesthesia is used for the surgery, and the vast majority of patients find it is much less traumatic then they were expecting.
Following the healing stage of the implant, a crown is made to fit over and into the implant to restore the area to its natural state.