A dental implant provides several advantages over other tooth replacement options. First of all, it looks and functions like a natural tooth. Second of all, an implant replaces one missing tooth without sacrificing neighboring teeth. Also, because a dental implant replaces a missing tooth root, the bone will be better preserved.
Implants consist of three parts: metal root, abutment (acting as a connector) and a crown. The titanium screw is surgically placed in your jawbone in place of the root of the missing tooth. Usually two to six-month healing period is necessary before the restoration phase. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.
Once the healing period is over, a replacement tooth called a crown will be created for you and then attached along with the abutment. Instantly you will experience restored confidence in your smile and your ability to chew and speak.
Maintenance of the implant is crucial. Regular 6-month visits for dental cleaning and implant maintenance should be kept with the dental office to ensure success and longevity of the implant and its restoration.