If you’ve found yourself with a missing tooth or teeth and do not want to consider dentures, dental implants are an effective and long-lasting alternative. Made of biocompatible material like metal or ceramic, implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, making the difference unnoticeable.
Dental implants are synthetic structures placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not all patients qualify for dental implants. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Receiving dental implants is a thorough process. Surgery is required to prepare the mouth and to insert the implant. Following the procedure, a period of time, lasting several weeks to several months, is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up to anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Implants require proper care to ensure their long lasting qualities. If you are looking for a natural-looking, sustainable option for tooth replacement, talk to Dr. Kimet about dental implants.