A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are actually more tooth saving than dental implant traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Under proper conditions, and diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures. Placing dental implants requires a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone, often using a surgical guide. The implants are then fitted into the sites so that they are in intimate contact with the bone. They generally require two to six months to fuse to the bone before they can have tooth restorations attached to them to complete the process.