Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Dental implants are designed to be long-lasting solutions for tooth loss. Implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, and are the next best thing to your own teeth! Caring for them is the same as your natural teeth; brush and floss daily and have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months.
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone begins to shrink away or reabsorb which compromises adjacent teeth and increases the chance of a changed appearance. Dental implants can help to prevent or slow bone resorption, preserving your natural facial contours.
Surgery is required to prepare the area and place the implant in your mouth. After the procedure, you’ll go through a waiting period in which the implant takes hold and bone tissue builds up and anchors the device. When healing has occurred, a crown will be placed to complete your restoration.