Dental implants are titanium bolts which are surgically screwed into your jawbone to allow for a realistic looking crown to be anchored in place. Implants can be a welcome alternative for people missing most or all of their teeth and can also be used to replace a single missing tooth. The procedure requires surgery with a Periodontist or a Maxillofacial Surgeon, which are the two only Dental Specialists trained in such procedures and, depending on the size and shape of your jawbone, might also require a bone graft. However, once it has “taken,” the implant will last a lifetime. The dental crowns anchored to an implant do have to be replaced every ten to fifteen years.
There are also a number of variables depending mostly on the shape of the jawbone and the number of implants that need to be placed. The surgery to insert the implant into your jawbone can require a three to six month healing period. In certain cases it might be possible to connect the prosthesis, whether it be a crown, a bridge or a full denture immediately after the surgery, this depends on each individual case.
But once the implant has fused with the surrounding bone, the resulting anchor is very strong and durable and makes for excellent results.