A dental implant is a long term replacement for a missing tooth. The dental implant is surgically fused into the jaw bone to help hold the artificial tooth in place and prevent bone loss.
Properties of Dental Implants
The dental implant itself is made of titanium metal that will fuse well with your jaw bone for stability. This part of the implant is surgically placed below the gum tissue and into the bone acting as the tooth root. The crown, or artificial tooth part of the implant is then attached on top of the dental implant to fill in the gap of the missing tooth.
Your dentist and periodontist will work together with you to ensure the proper placement and fit of your dental implant so it will match your existing teeth flawlessly. After the healing process, the implant will act just like a regular tooth and remain firmly in place. No need to worry about dentures shifting or bridges that can damage other teeth. The dental implant will look, feel, and perform just like your other teeth.
To care for your dental implant you would just continue with your normal oral hygiene routines of regularly brushing and flossing. You’ll still want to see your dentist twice a year for your teeth cleaning, to check for gum disease and to inspect the integrity of the implant.
Dental Implant Process
Getting a dental implant, though worth it, can be a length procedure. The process begins with a complete dental exam including x-rays. Your dental care provider will then advise you of your options and work with you to create a treatment plan. After the implant itself is placed, your jaw bone will need time to heal and fuse with the implant before the artificial tooth can be added. Proper healing can take a few months. After your dental care provider is satisfied at your level of healing, the rest of the implant can be attached. Your provider may do this in one or two steps. Once in place and healed, you can rest easy knowing that your dental implant is secured for decades to come.