When you have teeth missing, you want them replaced. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants provide a fixed, long-lasting solution that you don’t have to worry too much about. Dental implants consist of artificial roots and teeth, usually crafted from titanium, surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone by a dentist or periodontist, a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. With natural-looking teeth attached to the implant, your smile will be as good as new.

You may need consider an implant to replace one or more missing teeth without affecting any others, to restore chewing, speech, or facial tissues, or to support a bridge or denture for greater comfort. Dental implants are strong, stable, and durable, but may need re-tightening or replacing due to normal wear.

The Process

Dental implants will take several months and many appointments, but will ultimately result in beautiful, durable teeth and a natural-looking smile. You’ll have x-rays and impressions taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant.

The implant will be surgically placed into your numbed mouth, where it will heal and integrate with the bone for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, you may need a second surgery to place the post that holds the artificial tooth in place; some implants have the post and anchor attached already.

After several weeks of healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post. This may take several fittings over a month or two, but after they are securely attached, you will have stable, comfortable teeth. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, plus regular dental visits, will keep your new implant and your entire mouth healthy and happy.