Dental implants can be used to securely replace replacement teeth, leaving you with a new smile that looks and feels so natural that you will forget that the teeth are not yours.
Each missing tooth does not necessarily require a single implant to replace it. Often a more stable and cost-effective approach is to place an implant at both ends of the "tooth gap" and bridge the implants with a dental bridge. The chewing function is then restored with a minimum number of implants.
Traditional bridge treatments require the dentist to grind the adjacent healthy teeth in order to fix the bridge in place. Dental implant technology prevents the need for damage to these healthy teeth.
The implant itself is a titanium screw placed in the jawbone to replace a root. It is a simple procedure that can be completed with a local anesthetic. It will take three to six months for the implant to heal and stick to your jawbone to provide a solid support for the replacement tooth.
Temporary teeth are sometimes, if conditions allow, placed at the same time as the implant, which will remain in place until the final restoration appointment.
Then crowns or a dental bridge are placed on top, to replace the missing teeth. Your dentist will carefully match the color of your case with your natural teeth.