What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants have 3 parts: a bio-compatible, small titanium post, an abutment, and then the dental restoration. The post is implanted into the jaw bone via a simple surgical procedure. The implant integrates with the jaw bone acting as the tooth root and providing a solid foundation for an artificial tooth.
A dental implant is used to replace missing teeth due to disease or lack of oral hygiene as well as missing teeth due to injury or trauma.
How long is the process?
If you need any pre-treatments such as a bone graft or tooth extraction that will be performed first. Then you will move on to the surgical phase where the implants are surgically placed. This will require 3-6 months of healing time.
During this time, you will have a healing cap on the implant. Last is the attachment of the abutment and the dental restoration. The entire process can take anywhere from 6-9 months.
The national success rate for implants is over 95%. Factors like smoking greatly increase your chance of implant failure.