What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are titanium bolts which are surgically screwed into your jawbone to allow for a realistic looking crown to be anchored in place. Implants can be a welcome alternative for people missing most or all of their teeth and can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. The procedure requires surgery and, depending on the size and shape of your jawbone, might also require a bone graft. However, once it has 'taken', the implant will last a lifetime. The crowns anchored to an implant do have to be replaced every ten to fifteen years.
Dental implants are a very delicate and labor intensive procedure. It is important that you find an accredited and well-regarded dentist to perform it. There are also a number of variables depending mostly on the shape of the jawbone and the number of implants that need to be placed. The surgery to insert the implant into your jawbone can require a three to six month healing period. In certain cases it might also be necessary to perform a bone graft in order to strengthen the placement of the anchor. But once the implant has fused with the surrounding bone, the resulting anchor is very strong and durable and makes for excellent results.