What's Involved?
The length of treatment depends on many things, including type and location of the implant, your bone structure and overall health. Your dentist will outline the treatment:

Placement of the Implant: The oral surgeon surgically places the implant into the jawbone. There may be some swelling and/or tenderness after surgery, so pain medication is usually prescribed to ease the healing process.

The Healing Process: What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This is a process that takes time. Some patients might need to wait up to several teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and temporary teeth placed all in one visit.

Replacing your missing tooth/teeth: The dentist or a lab will custom-make a crown, bridge or dentures to fit your mouth and your implants. Once it is completed, the man-made teeth are attached to the implant posts.

Advantages of Implants

  • An implant is most similar to a natural tooth and often feels more comfortable
  • Nearby teeth remain intact and do not have to be involved in the placement procedure
  • Implants are a good value because the can last a lifetime with good care. Implants may help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss

Disadvantages of Implants

  • Implants require surgery, so they are not right for everyone
  • Implant placement may take longer and may require more dental visits than other options
  • Implants may cost more than other treatments

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Dental Implants

Many choose implants replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts (metal “roots”) that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are accepted by the human body.

Most patients find that an implant is a good replacement for their missing tooth because it is secure and stable. As tooth implant is a surgical procedure, so it's not an option for everyone.

Good candidates for an implant include people who:

  • are in good overall health
  • have adequate bone to support the implant, or be able to have surgery to build up the area needing the implant
  • are ready to commit to a daily oral care routine and to regular dental visits

People with chronic illness may not be good candidates for implants because it can take them longer to heal after surgery. Using tobacco and other products such as electronic cigarettes can also slow healing. Your dentist can help you decide if implant treatment is a good option for you.