A dental implant is structured on a thin metal rod, typically made from titanium. This is buried in the bone and acts as an artificial tooth root by attaching to a replacement tooth. After insertion into the bone, it is left in the gum tissue until healed. When healed, it is uncovered, and a small metal post is connected to secure and support the artificial tooth.
The time it takes for dental implant treatments depends on a number of factors including the type of bone and the location of the old tooth; it can take between few months to up to nine months (extended if bone grafting or bone growth are required).
Dental implants are designed to serve as permanent substitutes for missing teeth. If you wear full or partial dentures or a bridge, dental implants might be suitable for you. Replacing a tooth is a permanent solution to missing teeth.
Artificial teeth are made to look like natural ones by mirroring their color, shape and structure. They feel the same as your own teeth, with the same texture and hardness. Artificial teeth also perform the same functions as your natural ones do.
- They restore the ability to chew food properly.
- The appearance of your smile improves.
- They can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and premature aging.
- They help retain bone structure, which is essential for muscle strength.
- They can help you feel like your old self again by restoring normal function, comfort, and aesthetics.
- They also help you speak in a clear voice, and generally improve your health.