A tooth replacement option that offers more stability than dentures is dental implants. These consist of metal posts that are positioned directly into the jawbone. The posts fuse into the bone and are topped with replacement teeth to restore functionality. Dental implants create a restoration that is comparable to natural teeth in terms of usage and aesthetics.
Dental implants offer several benefits over other methods of teeth replacement.
Before dental implants can be placed, it must be determined that there is adequate bone structure to support the implants, along with healthy gums. The entire process takes several months, starting with the appointment to place the implants. An incision will be made in the gum line in the site of the missing tooth. The bone is prepared for the implant before it is screwed into place. Once all the implants (if there is more than one being placed) have been inserted, the gum tissue will be stitched closed. The site will be left alone to allow time for the bone to fuse around the implant. This takes approximately four months, at which point the artificial tooth/teeth will be attached to the implant.