Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area normally occupied by the root of a tooth. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Implants can also be used to attach dentures.
Should I Consider Dental Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In general, good candidates who have dental implants can expect high success rates with the procedure.
An implant is basically a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and are usually made of titanium. The cells in our bones have a strong affinity for the titanium in the implant. Once the anchor is placed into the jaw and the site is allowed to heal for several weeks or months, your tissue will grow around the implant which will fuse to the bone to more firmly hold it in place.
How Long Do Dental Implants Take?
Depending on your situation, you can begin loading an implant usually around 3 months after it has been placed.
Risk of Dental Implants
Once an implant is placed, the biggest risk to its success is perio-dental infection, very much like periodontal disease. Continued care with our hygiene department is crucial to long term success.