Dental implants are one of the most requested procedures in America. They are the specialty of the New Image Dental Implant Center in Denver, where viable candidates can have one or more missing teeth replaced with an implant that is permanently attached to their jaw.
The key to knowing whether someone is a good candidate for an implant is whether the jawbone is healthy enough. When a natural tooth is lost to an extraction or accident, the bone around the missing root begins to deteriorate. If an implant is sought soon enough, there should be no problem. But if there is too much bone loss it may be an issue. Even then there is hope, because a procedure called bone augmentation can build up enough to support an implant. Bone grafting is also possible.
A dental implant refers specifically to the titanium post inserted into the jaw, which acts as a replacement to the natural root. It needs to heal before the process can be completed. Start-to-finish, it can take up to a year for a dental implant, especially if the patient needs to build up bone mass first.
Once the titanium post is ready, an abutment and crown, or restoration, goes on top of that. When it’s finished, it has the look and function of a natural tooth.