If you have ever broken or lost an adult tooth, you know that it can be difficult to keep smiling. Luckily, dental implants can do more than just give you back your smile. They can increase your quality of life, because missing teeth may prevent you from doing things you could have done before. With today’s constantly improving technology, dental implants have become more natural than in the past, both in the way they look and in the way they feel.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. They do not depending on surrounding teeth for support, unlike older solutions. They are also stronger and hold up better over time. Today’s dental implants look just like your other teeth, and they give you the ability to speak, smile and eat without discomfort.
Today’s dental implants are root-form implants. They resemble a real tooth root, and are set in the bone. The titanium post is easily accepted by the jaw bone, and together, they osseointegrate. Osseointegration leads to the implants looking and feeling like real teeth.
There are many dental prostheses supported by implants, such as dentures, implant-supported bridges, and crowns. They may also play a role in orthodontia, as orthodontists may use implants for anchorage. Implants allow teeth to move to their proper places without further action.
Dental implants are inserted by drilling a hole into the jaw bone, and placing the implant within. After allowing the bone to grow back over the implant, the surgeon can place a crown on top of the implant.
The healing time varies according to the patient, with most surgeons waiting about two to six months to allow the implant to osseointegrate before completing the process. If implant process is finished too early, the implant could move, which would be a failure of the procedure. It could take a year and a half to correct the process, so many surgeons err on the side of caution when it comes to healing time.