What exactly are implants?
A dental implant replaces the missing tooth's roots. A single tooth implant is free-standing and does not involve treatment to the adjacent teeth. The implant can stabilize your bite and help prevent problems with the jaw.
Do implants hurt?
No. The majority of patients state that the placement of the implant was even easier than the removal of the tooth.
Why does it take so long for implants?
The placement of an implant generally is a two-part process that takes several months. In the first step, the oral surgeon places the implant into the jaw. A screw is inserted into the implant to prevent gum tissue and other debris from entering. The gum tissue is allowed to heal around the post while the implant is fusing with the bone, a process called osseointegration. This process may take three to six months. In the second step, the dentist makes a custom artificial tooth, called a crown, based on a size, shape, color, and fit that will blend with your other teeth. Once completed, the crown is attached to the implant post via an implant abutment.