What are dental implants and how are they placed?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored to the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth. Most implants are made of titanium, which bonds well with bone and is biocompatible, making it an ideal material for implants. A general dentist, oral surgeon , or other specialist will perform surgery to place the implant’s anchor in the jaw. The surgery can last several hours and it may take as long as six months for the jaw bone to grow around the anchor to hold it firmly in place. Once the implant is stable and the gums have healed, the dentist or specialist makes the artificial tooth or teeth and fits them to the post portion of the anchor. For more information, contact your dental professional.