Dental implants can be a wonderfully simple and quick solution for those who are missing teeth. Modern cosmetic dentistry is advanced enough to make dental implants indistinguishable from your normal teeth, in both feel and appearance.
Dental implants are specially made metal devices, which are inserted into the patients’ jawbone, to act as an anchor for the ‘cap’, which will be a tailored artificial tooth. The dental implant anchors are most commonly made from a titanium alloy. A more modern technique uses a metal implant, which is then coated with a special synthetic ‘bone’, known as ‘hydroxlapatite’. This procedure is considered to be somewhat invasive, as your dentist will have to drill into the jawbone to surgically place the implant.
From consultation to implantation, this procedure can take anywhere up to 6 months to complete, depending on the patient. Although you will need a small amount of time to recover immediately after procedure, beyond that there isn’t very much recovery time associated with dental implants.