Dental implants are metal anchors that act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one or two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the implants, which are placed beneath the surface of the gums, gradually bond with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary tooth replacements and eat a soft diet during this time.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. We will uncover the implants, if necessary, and attach a small healing collar. After two weeks your restorative dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression must be taken. Then posts or attachments can be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life.