What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are the most advanced, and most permanent means of replacing missing teeth. Implants are similar in appearance to a screw and are made of surgical grade titanium, the same material used in artificial joints.
The implant replaces the root portion of the tooth, and is positioned even with or just below the gums. Most patients do not even notice it is there. Once the bone is adequately healed, we can make a tooth to secure to this new, artificial root.
Does it hurt?
Dental implants are typically associated with very little post operative discomfort. Pain medications are sometimes prescribed, but the majority of patients need them only for the first day or two.
How long does it take?
The implant procedure typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour and is completed within the office. During that time, the patient is comfortable and numb.