Many patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are posts (metal "roots") that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. They are made of titanium (a strong, lightweight metal) and other materials that are accepted by human body.
Many patients find that an implant is a good replacement for their missing tooth because it is secure and stable. A tooth implant is a surgical procedure, so its not an option for everyone.
People with chronics illness not be good candidates for implants because it can take them longer to heal after surgery. Using tobacco and other products such as electronics cigarettes can also slow healing. Your dentist can help you decide if implant treatment is a good option for you.
The length of treatment depends on many things, including type and location of implant, your bones structure and overall health. Your dentist will outline the tratment plan with the best chance of success for you.
It can take some time to make the crown, bridge or dentures that will attach to the implant. Your dentist may give you something temporary to fill the space. This can help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of the implant. You will need to make sure the area around the implant is especially clean. Your dentist may recommend that you use a special toothbrush, called an interproximal brush, or a mouth rinse to help prevent gum problems.