The loss of just a single tooth can cause the rest of the mouth’s teeth to be lost. Teeth will slowly move into a space that is created by missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply “anchors” that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth.
The procedure requires a titanium root be implanted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth’s root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing depending on the size of the implant and the severity of the patient’s situation. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.