Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that replace your missing tooth roots. The posts are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place at our dental practice. After the bone has healed around the implants, a process that usually takes three to six months, we can place permanent crowns on the posts. The crowns function as your natural teeth and look and function just like your natural teeth. Dental implants offer complete smile restoration for people who are missing teeth.
The success rate for implants is around 95 percent, so most people who receive them rarely have any issues with their implants. If you take good care of your implant and don’t experience any irritation or sensitivity, it should last you the rest of your life. Your dentist may give you specific instructions to follow after your surgery to ensure optimal healing. Here are some ways to care for your implants: