Dental implants are one of the most effective dental solutions available for permanently replacing missing teeth. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve lost a tooth due to decay, trauma or overcrowding. Because teeth support each other, it only takes one missing tooth to cause the surrounding teeth to shift. When this happens, chewing often becomes difficult and speech patterns can become impaired.
Widely considered to be the most durable and functional tooth replacement option available, dental implants are becoming the go-to procedure to fill the space left by a missing tooth. That’s because the long-term consequences of tooth loss can be serious. Large voids between teeth eventually become difficult to clean, which is why tooth decay and periodontal, or gum, disease may often follow tooth loss. While some turn to temporary solutions, such as removable dentures, patients who want a permanent solution look to dental implants.
Receiving a dental implant is a surgical procedure—an artificial tooth root is implanted into the jawbone, which provides a base for a post and permanent crown. After the artificial root is placed in the jawbone, the two bond to one another through a process known as osseointegration. This usually takes between two to six months, during which time you’ll be fitted with either a healing cap or temporary crown. Once the implant is secure in the jawbone, a permanent crown will be fabricated and cemented in place.