Dental implants can be a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth. Implants are also excellent for stabilizing loose, floppy dentures and almost all lower dentures are loose and floppy!
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where it is placed into the jaw bone. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary. The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can usually have temporary crowns placed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed, an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Your smile will look just like it used to and the implant will feel just like one of your own teeth after a short period of time.