Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium. They are inserted wherever teeth are missing, to support replacement teeth. Minor surgery, spread out over several steps, is required to install them.
How are dental implants installed?
- Thorough examination and x-rays of the mouth
- The implant is inserted in the jawbone, under the gums
- Healing period while the implant fuses with the bone
- Replacement teeth are installed (crowns, full dentures)
- Follow-up appointments
Are implants for everyone?
Some requirements must be met before having implants installed. You must be in excellent overall health, your gums must be healthy and your jawbone must be thick enough to hold the implant.
If the bone is too thin, a bone graft may be needed.
Will I be able to brush my teeth normally?
Since the implant fuses to the bone, it can practically be treated just like a natural tooth. A toothbrush with longer bristles at the tip will help you reach the back of the implant. We recommend using dental floss at least once a day. The union between the implant and the gum must always be treated with care.