Dental Implants Have Greatly Improved
For nearly two centuries, dentures were the only option if you were missing a tooth or multiple teeth. Today, dental implants offer a realistic-looking option with the function & feel of natural teeth.
Implants are typically made from biocompatible materials, such as metal or ceramic. The implant is placed in the root of your tooth. It is then anchored into the jaw or a metal framework that provides the foundation for the artificial tooth, bridge or even dentures.
This type of dental restoration does require a surgical procedure to prepare the area & to place the implants. This procedure is performed using anesthesia. Antibiotics may also be prescribed following the procedure to reduce the possibility of infection. Some time is necessary to allow bone tissue to develop so that the implant will be securely anchored in place. In some instances, a second procedure may be necessary to insert the metal posts that will be used to connect the teeth.
For dental implants to be successful, you must have a healthy immune system & sufficient bone density. Like any other type of dental restoration, implants require that you practice good oral hygiene to ensure that they last for years to come.