Are you missing one or more teeth?  They are many ways to replace your missing tooth/teeth;  by prosthesis, by a bridge or by an implant.

It is important to replace a missing tooth, either to help with chewing, or to restore your smile. It is also important in order to prevent the other teeth from moving or even to correct speech problems.

With all the ways you can replace a missing tooth/teeth, an implant is the one that most resembles a natural tooth.

An implant is an artificial root made from titanium metal that is surgically inserted in the jawbone in order to replace the natural root of a tooth.

Most likely, your dentist will refer you to an implant specialist to perform this procedure. Your dentist will usually take care of placing the artificial crown, bridge or denture on top of the implant/s.

The treatment:

Your dentist or specialist will first see you for a thorough examination in order to determine if the implant is a good solution for you. Many factors need to be examined before the implant can be inserted. The gums must be free from disease, infection or inflammation. Your dentist or specialist will also determine, with the help of x-rays, whether your jaw bone is thick enough to support an implant.  If these requirements are not met, they may suggest a cleaning first or a bone graft.

When you’re all ready for your implant, the dentist or specialist will insert the implant in your jawbone beneath the gums and will suture the gums back into place. As everything heals, the bone and the implant will bond together and the implant will become part of your jaw. This period can take between 3 to 6 months.

The next step after everything is healed, is the attachment of the abutment. The abutment attaches the artificial crown to the implant. After the abutment is attached, the impressions are taken and the artificial crown can be made by the lab. Once your dentist receives the crown, they will attach it to your implant/s  and make sure it fits with the rest of your mouth.

Your oral hygiene routine with an implant is no different. You have to brush your teeth everyday, twice a day and you have to brush the tooth with the implant as well as the rest of your teeth. You have to floss the tooth with the implant everyday as well in order to maintain good gum health.

Implants may cost more than any other replacement solutions. Your insurance will most likely not cover a dental implant but they may cover the artificial crown or bridge that you will put on top of it.