Dental implants are the permanent replacement of missing teeth with artificial teeth or dentures that are attached to metal anchors, usually made of titanium, and have been surgically inserted inside the jawbone.
The procedure is often performed in the dental office using local anesthetic by the oral surgeon. During surgery, each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the attachment that will eventually support the replacement teeth. Generally, three to six months is allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold them securely in place. Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small attachment is placed on top of each implant. The attachment protrudes through the gum-line and serve as an anchor for the replacement teeth. After your gums have healed, an impression of the attachments and your mouth is taken, then the permanent teeth or dentures will be fabricated in a dental lab and will be placed on top of the attachment in your final visit.
Proper oral hygiene habits. With brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups your implant will serve you well. It will increase the longevity of the implant and you will have overall satisfaction.