Dental implants are artificial roots (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The ceramic teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient's smile.
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months. X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months.
After several weeks of healing the artificial teeth are made of natural looking ceramic and fitted to the post portion of the implant. The artificial teeth are securely attached to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort to the patient.