Dental implants restore the natural appearance and function of missing teeth, making them a great choice for restoring your smile. An implant is a synthetic tooth root that is anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and provides a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Implants can also be used to secure a full set of removable dentures for those patients who have no remaining natural teeth.
Surgery is required to place a Titanium screw into the upper or lower jawbone and it generally takes six months for the surgical implant to heal before permanent placement of the artificial tooth can be completed. Implants look and feel like your own teeth, and since they are designed to fuse with the bone, they are strong, stable and durable. With proper maintenance they can last a lifetime.
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. The ideal candidate should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.