One of the greatest advances in dentistry over the past 50 years is the introduction of dental implants. Until that time, the only treatment options for missing teeth were bridges and dentures. Now, we have the technology to restore your smile permanently, whether it’s implanting a single tooth or completely restoring all missing teeth. Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and with proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The first step in getting dental implants is putting together an individualized treatment plan that’s specially designed to address your needs. Once the decision has been made to go forward, the tooth root implant (typically made of titanium) is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw. This healing process takes six to twelve weeks.
Once the post is bonded, a small connector post is attached to the post to hold a new tooth that’s created using a mold of your bite. The replacement tooth is then attached to the connector post. Sometimes, an attachment is placed on the implant that supports a removable denture. We’ll then match the color of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, your replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. If you are healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction, you may be a great candidate for dental implants.
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