Dental Implants are artificial structures that are placed in the area of the tooth where the root would usually be. Implants are attached to the jawbone to serve as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Implants can also be used to attach dentures, if needed. Although they are made of metal or ceramic, today’s implants look and feel like natural teeth.
Not every patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants; that said, the procedure has proven very successful among appropriate candidates.
A surgical procedure will be necessary to prepare and place the implant. A rest period will follow to allow the implant to adhere and bone tissue to anchor the implant to the mouth. Metal posts may be added to the implant at a later time to connect the tooth.
Implants are placed during surgery, so anesthesia and sometimes antibiotics may be necessary during and after the procedure.
Similar to any restorative procedure, proper care and superior dental hygiene must be practice to ensure long-lasting results.