If you have missing teeth, an effective alternative to crowns or bridges is dental implants. These are metal posts or frames which are surgically positioned into the jawbone, then covered with replacement teeth, usually crowns. This solution provides you with a restoration that functions practically in the same way as your natural set of teeth.
The process of getting implants takes several months. Before starting the procedure for dental implants, the dentist will make sure that you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.
To place an implant, an incision is first made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth (or teeth). The dentist prepares the bone for the implant using various-sized drills, then screws the implant into place. The gum tissue is then stitched closed and the entire site is given time to heal. Over the course of approximately four months, the implant will fuse with the bone. Once it has been determined that the implant has sufficiently fused, the artificial tooth/teeth can be attached to it.