Dental implants are designed to provide foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. A person who lost teeth can regain the ability to eat virtually anything. They can smile with confidence knowing that their teeth appear naturally and their facial contours will be preserved.
Implant is a titanium root that is placed into the jawbone where tooth is missing. The bone bonds together with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for the artificial tooth. The implants can also help preserving the facial structure and preventing bone deterioration that often occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of a dental implant involves two surgical procedures. First, the implant is placed within your jawbone (stage 1). The healing period varies from person to person, based on multiple factors. After the implant has integrated with bone (3 months), Dr. Wang will uncover the implant and attach a healing abutment (stage 2). After two weeks, your general dentist will be able to start making your new tooth.
The entire procedure usually takes about three to four months. Most patients do not experience any disruption in their daily life. In some situations, stages 1 and 2 can be done simultaneously to shorten the healing period and avoiding additional procedures.