A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason.
A dental implant is an artificial root constructed of titanium that a periodontist or oral surgeon surgically positions into the jaw. Once in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the artificial root. Implants are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
After implants are placed the healing period usually requires 4 to 6 months. During this time the bone grows in and around the implant creating a strong structural support. When healing is complete, your implant is uncovered and an abutment is attached to it. Now the implant and abutment act as a solid unit ready to support your new tooth or teeth.