Dental Implants are one of the best options available for replacing a missing tooth. Implants offer several advantages compared to other options. It is the closest you will get to having a natural tooth, it is not removable and maintenance is very similar to that of a natural tooth. Although implants are a great option for some, not all patients qualify to receive teeth implants. Your cosmetic dentist will review of your medical history in order to determine if you are a good candidate and will notify you of the risks involved, if any. Simply put, a dental implant is essentially a titanium screw that goes in your jaw bone and acts as the root of the tooth.
After placement of an implant, a process called osseointegration occurs. Osseo-integration is a process where the bone forms around the implant and provides stability and strength. Once this implant is fully integrated in the bone (period of 3-6 months), then a tooth crown is either screwed on or cemented on to the implant. Once you receive a dental implant it is important to keep it clean and maintain it during your bi-annual cleaning appointments. For more information on dental implants