For people living with missing teeth, dental implants are a wonderful solution to a gap-toothed grin. Whether tooth loss came as a result of accident, tooth decay or disease, missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. Luckily, cosmetic dentistry can make dental implants look and feel like your normal teeth. Dental implants are metal devices that are placed into the jawbone and act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth replacement. They are usually made from titanium or one of its alloys. In many instances, the metal implant is coated with a synthetic bone called hydroxylapatite.
Implants are surgically placed in your jaw bone, and hence, this is a somewhat invasive procedure. The entire process can take up to six months to complete.
Recovery time: Aside from the recovery of the actual implant itself in the early stages of the procedure, there is not a lot of recovery time associated with the dental implant procedure.