Dental implants have become in most cases the best replacement option for a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are placed in the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Implants can also be used to support and stabilize dentures.
To be a candidate for a dental implant, a patient must have adequate bone, a strong immune system, and proper oral hygiene.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. Once the implant has healed, a patient will see their dentist to have a prosthetic tooth (also called a crown) attached to the implant.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered either local or general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.