Before development of dental implants, dentures and bridges were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are made of biocompatible titanium metal.
Implants are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
For a successful implant a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
HOW IT WORKS:
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself onto the bone for up to six months. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.