Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth, or to restore multiple teeth. Modern dental implants provide prosthetic teeth that are nearly indistinguishable from normal teeth in appearance, and are usually 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.
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.
Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants for replacing missing teeth because implants offer similar function to natural teeth, and also help maintain the jaw bone. If you have missing, broken or severely decayed teeth that cannot be saved, speak with an oral care provider to discuss your eligibility for implants.
The placement of dental implants is a multi-step process that typically takes between 6 and 9 months to complete. Typically the process starts with taking radiographs (X-ray) images to assess whether there is enough bone in the area of the missing teeth to support implants. If there is adequate bone, a dental specialist will surgically place a titanium component that mimics a natural tooth root. Over the next few months, the surrounding bone will grow around the implant, adding stability. At the conclusion of the healing period, you’ll return to your general dentist to be fitted for the crown, bridge, or denture that sits on top of the implant.