A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root portion of a missing natural tooth that will later be rehabilitated (covered) with a crown.
Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for the replacement of a tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth (multiple implants) both in the upper and lower jaws.
Dental implants have revolutionized restorative dentistry. They are the best available option for the permanent replacement of missing teeth and may be an alternative to wearing dentures, restoring the patient´s confidence with a functional, confident smile.
Each case is individually evaluated, and based on the results of a comprehensive review a treatment plan is designed, detailing the treatment and costs involved.
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Prior to your appointment for placing the implants, you will be provided with the protocol detailing the before and after medication as well as the care instructions.
The implant process (time) depends on the number of implants, and is performed under local anesthesia. It will take the dental implant three to six months before the bone grows around the screw (implant) and holds it firmly in place, to assure a successful bony integration of the implant with the jawbone. In some cases, a temporary denture could be needed during this phase.
To replace the original natural tooth, a crown is placed on the implant after the implant has osseointegrated into the bone.
Having a dental implant is an investment that could last a lifetime, as long as regular maintenance appointments are observed. Just as we understand that for the proper operation of our vehicle periodical maintenance is required, it is just as essential you schedule dental maintenance appointments every 3 to 6 months.