Dental implants are an option for tooth loss due to an accident or infection or as an alternative to bridges and dentures. The implants are tooth root substitutes that are surgically anchored in place in the jawbone and act to stabilize the artificial teeth to which they are attached. Suitable candidates for dental implants need to have an adequate bone level and density, must not be prone to infection, and must be willing to maintain good oral hygiene practices.
What is a dental implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth “root” surgically placed in your mouth. Made of metallic (titanium) and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with your jaw, implants fuse with your bone to support a crown, bridge or full denture. (not real clear)
What is the process?
Placing a dental implant in your jaw is an in-office procedure done with local anesthesia. Afterwards, you may experience some swelling and pain, but prescribed pain medication can always help with any discomfort. During the healing process, submit to a diet of soft, cold food and lukewarm soups.
Your dentist will wait two to six months before placing the artificial tooth or crown on top of the implant. During this time, your bone and the implant fixture are growing together. In the meantime, however, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help with chewing and speaking.