A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root used to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. They work great as a long-term option for restoring the beauty of one’s smile.

Consultation, Placement and Recovery for Dental ImplantsImplants are often made in 1 to 2 parts and manufactured entirely out of Titanium. Titanium is the perfect balance between strong and lightweight. Another property of Titanium is that it is completely inert to reacting with the human body therefore completely safe.

Consultation

A dentist, oral surgeon or periodontist will determine whether a patient qualifies for a dental implant. They will check your teeth and gums, and check for bone density and quantity as well. The checkup may involve the use of X-ray and scans to check if the bone structure is sufficient, and if it is, the area where the implant will be placed will also be determined.

Procedure

Consultation, Placement and Recovery for Dental ImplantsDental implants anchor to the bone by a process called osseointegration. This is perhaps the most successful type of implant, and can take anywhere between three to six months for the healing process.

After the hole has been drilled in the appropriate location, the implant screw will be placed. The surrounding gum tissue is then secured to allow the area to heal and for osseointegration to begin. After up to six months when the area has healed properly, the dentist places the abutment, which will hold the crown. The process is complete when the dentist determines that the temporary crown can be replaced with a permanent crown.

Recovery

Once the implant has been placed, diligent oral hygiene is required in order for the area to heal and for the bone to bind with the implant. Healing can take as long as three to six months. The fitting for the crown can take up to two months. If proper care is administered, a dental implant can last a life time.