A dental implant is made of a titanium root-shaped post that replaces the natural root. The implant is placed in the jawbone where it is left to form an intimate connection with the surrounding bone. After a 3-6 month healing process, a crown is made and placed on the implant, replicating the look and feel of a natural tooth. A dental implant requires no special maintenance beyond regular brushing and flossing.
Missing a Tooth?
If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s vital to address the issue as soon as possible. Missing teeth can lead to jawbone shrinkage and gum recession, which can then cause the misalignment of neighboring teeth. However, if an implant is swiftly placed, jawbone growth is stimulated and, maintaining a healthy dental structure and allowing you to eat and speak with no worries. If circumstances prevent you from tackling the issue quickly, causing you to experience significant jawbone deterioration, bone grafting may be necessary before any implant can be placed.
Individual implants are ideal for people missing one or a few teeth; however, if most or all of your teeth need to be replaced, a more cost-effective option exists.