Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are placed in the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge.
Anyone with healthy gums and adequate bone density in their jaw is a good candidate for dental implants. Your dentist will evaluate your individual situation to determine if dental implants are right for you.
Dental implant surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and is generally not painful. Some discomfort and swelling may occur after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs.
The length of the dental implant procedure depends on the individual case, but typically takes a few hours to complete. You may need multiple appointments over a period of several months to complete the entire process.
Dental implants offer a permanent, natural-looking solution to missing teeth that can improve your oral health, speech, and confidence. They also prevent bone loss in the jaw and maintain the integrity of surrounding teeth.
Dental implants can fail if the implant doesn’t properly integrate with the jawbone or if there is infection or other complications. However, with proper care and maintenance, the risk of implant failure is low.
You should care for your dental implants like you would care for your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Your dentist may also recommend special cleaning tools or techniques.