Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. Over time, the bone fuses to the implant, providing a strong foundation for a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, or to support a bridge or denture.

Here are some of the advantages of dental implants:

  • They are very durable and can last for many years.
  • They look and feel like natural teeth.
  • They can improve your chewing ability and speech.
  • They can help to prevent bone loss.

Dental implants are not suitable for everyone. Some people who may not be candidates for dental implants include those with:

  • Poor oral health
  • Active infections
  • Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • Smoking

If you are considering dental implants, it is important to talk to your dentist or oral surgeon to see if they are right for you.

Here are some of the steps involved in getting dental implants:

  1. Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your teeth and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
  2. If you are a good candidate, they will create a treatment plan. This plan will include the number of implants you need, the type of implants, and the procedure.
  3. The implants will be placed in your jawbone. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia.
  4. It takes several months for the implants to fuse to the bone. During this time, you will need to wear a temporary denture or bridge.
  5. Once the implants are fused to the bone, a permanent crown or bridge will be placed on top of them.

The entire process of getting dental implants can take several months, but it is a permanent solution for missing teeth. If you are missing teeth, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about whether dental implants are right for you.