Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth within the mouth. They are a great alternative to partial dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth as they do not impact adjacent teeth. They also look and feel very natural.
So, what exactly is a dental implant? Think of it as an artificial tooth root, shaped like a metal screw. The implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone where the missing tooth once was. Over time, the bone grows around the implant, holding it securely in place. This process takes approximately three months, and then it’s time for the next step.
Once the implant is securely anchored in the jaw bone, a 3D digital scan is taken of the top of the implant and the adjacent teeth. This scan is sent to the dental laboratory who custom make an artificial tooth, called an implant crown, which is attached to the top of the screw at a second appointment. This crown is made to match the surrounding teeth in both shape and colour, ensuring a seamless and natural-looking tooth.
So don’t let a missing tooth hold you back any longer. Consider dental implants as a long-lasting and natural-looking solution to replace missing teeth.