What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that is surgically attached to your jawbone using a titanium post. Because an implant is surgically positioned to your jaw, they will not come loose like a denture can and they do not have to be attached to your other teeth like bridges.
Over time, bridges can be damaging to the other remaining natural teeth and they do not last as long.
Implants are screwed directly into the jaw which prevents the breakdown of the jaw bone and muscles that may occur under a missing tooth.
The Implant Procedure
The first step in the implant procedure is making an incision in the gum tissue over the area of the missing tooth. Your dentist will then prepare an area of the jaw bone for the implant to be screwed into. Once the implant has been attached to the jaw bone, the gum tissue will be sutured closed.
The implant procedure is a relatively painless and comfortable procedure that can be performed under local anesthetic. Once the implant has been placed, you will generally have to wait several months for the jaw to heal before the tooth is added to the implant.