Implants are root-shaped titanium cylinders which mirror the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth root while often being as strong or stronger than the original tooth.
Titanium, which is also used in other common medical procedures such as joint replacement, is remarkable because it can join with the bone in the jaw, forming a permanent bond. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone.
Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process takes anywhere from three to six months.
These types of implants are also used to secure a loose denture. Often the use of only two implants can transform a loose and uncomfortable denture into a securely-fitting and stable denture with excellent long-term results!