How do dental implants work? We will describe it below, but don't be afraid to contact an AAID credentialed dental implant dentist near you. They love what they do, and they are always happy to answer questions. They have great real-life dental implant examples, pictures and models you will find helpful.
Here is why you will enjoy dental implants: Missing teeth restored with dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. You brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings, same as you would to care for a natural tooth.
Dental implants are sophisticated, so key is finding a dental implant dentist who has specialized education and proven levels of experience. AAID credentialed implant dentists have that special training. So after finding a dental implant dentist near you to develop your treatment plan, the placement of a dental implant usually involves several steps:
The dental implant, usually a cylindrical and/or tapered post made of titanium, is placed surgically into the jawbone.
As you heal, your implant will osseointegrate, or fuse with, your natural jawbone, with the two growing together to form a strong and long-lasting foundation for your replacement teeth. This healing process can take weeks to months while you proceed with your everyday life in between appointments.
Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector – called an abutment – is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
An individual tooth, an implant-supported bridge or dentures containing multiple teeth are then attached to the abutment.
While the resulting dental implant looks and acts like your natural tooth, you can see why you want to find a proven implant dentist to perform the procedure.
See how a single tooth is restored using a dental implant.