Dental implants are a common and predictable dental procedure for replace missing teeth. They provide a strong titanium foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. Dental implants fuse with the bone to form a permanent bond so that they feel and function like your own teeth.
An implant begins with the placement of a small titanium post into the socket of the missing tooth. As the bone around it heals, it grown around and fuses to the metal post. The healing process takes from six to twelve weeks.
Once the implant has fused to the surrounding bone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the implant. Then the dentist creates a beautiful porcelain crown to fit over the abutment. Some patients have one implant to replace one tooth, and others have several implants to replace several teeth.
The result of a dental implant is a comfortable, stable, and durable tooth that matches the surrounding teeth. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, implants can last a lifetime.