If you have lost a tooth due to injury or disease, do not worry. Dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health. An implant is a titanium anchor that is placed surgically into your jawbone to provide a solid base for a crown or bridge. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. People prefer permanent teeth over removable ones as they are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
Before the dentist begins with the implant procedure, your mouth will be first examined with the help of a computed tomography scan for a three-dimensional image of the surrounding teeth and supporting structures. The dentist may also make plaster models of your upper and lower jaws to understand their exact alignment.
The first surgery involves placing the implant in the position that will be best for the restoration. Depending on the stability of the implant, your dentist will place a healing abutment or small metal cylinder on top of it to allow your gingival tissue to heal normally around it.
After about 3 months of the first surgery, the implant will be fully healed to the bone and you will be ready for the restorative phase. The dentist will take impressions to allow for precise fabrication. Implant-supported crowns or bridges would either be screw-retained or cemented to abutments attached to the implants. We advise you to get your implants checked regularly to ensure that they are healthy.