Dental implants are one of the most popular and permanent solutions to replace missing teeth, and are recommended as the best option. They provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, which are placed in the jawbone in the same place that your natural root once was. These anchors begin to fuse with the bone over a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for a custom, tooth shape cap to be attached afterwards. This cap is sculpted and colored to match the shape, color, and size of your natural teeth and complete your new smile.
Dental implants are not an option for everyone. In order for your jawbone to fuse correctly with the implant, you’ll need to have enough bone mass before the procedure. We suggest getting an implant as soon as possible after you’ve lost a permanent tooth. The longer you wait, the more likely your bone will be reabsorbed back into your body. However, even if you have started to lose your natural bone, procedures to augment the bone, including a bone graft or a sinus lift can be performed before the implants are placed.