Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile. Modern dental implants provide prosthetic teeth that are nearly indistinguishable from normal teeth in appearance, and are long-lasting. These artificial roots are anchored in the bone beneath the gums where they become integrated in the jaw. A crown is mounted atop the implant for a natural looking restoration. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the similar function to natural teeth, and also help maintain bone in the jaw.
Did you know…
that modern titanium implants were first developed in the 1950’s, but archeologists have determined that ancient Egyptians and Mayans were the first cultures to implant artificial teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental implants right for me?
You may qualify for dental implants if you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth that cannot be saved. The first step towards determining your eligibility for implants is to have a consultation with an oral care provider.
What should I expect if my dentist and I decide dental implants are right for me?
The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 6 and 9 months to complete. Assuming there is adequate bone, it begins with a surgical procedure with a dental specialist, during which a titanium component mimicking the natural tooth root is inserted. Over the next few months, the surrounding bone will grow around the implant. At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to be fitted for a permanent crown.