The basic steps are as follow:
- A titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and left for a period of 3-6 months until it fuses to the bone, forming a firm base.
- The screw is then uncovered and a post is attached to the now firmly establish implant.
- Finally, a natural looking porcelain tooth that blends in with the natural facial characteristics is secured to the post.
The benefits of implants are many and they feel, look, and function like natural teeth. Implanted teeth are fixed and therefore eliminate the need for removable partials or fixed bridges.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several teeth. They can also be used to stabilize complete upper or lower dentures. The use of implants provides patients with a superior technique to replace missing teeth resulting in improved comfort, speech, chewing, and a better sense of self-esteem.