Dental implants are a good option for replacement of missing teeth or teeth with damage beyond any restorative possibilities. A dentist that specializes in oral surgery or a periodontist usually perform the procedure. Dental implants will replace missing teeth while performing and looking like the original tooth. The procedure is requires oral surgery and is normally done while the patient is sedated.
The dental implant process involves three steps to complete. A screw is placed into the jawbone to create a stable base for the implant. Then a connector is used to attach to the base and allow the crown to be attached. Then a crown designed to fit and match the surrounding teeth is installed. When complete the patient will have a fully functional and permanent replacement for their missing tooth.
The dental implant can be done with multiple or sometimes a single visit to complete the process. Depending on the need to extract the damaged tooth or the strength of the jawbone where the implant is to be placed. If done in two steps the first surgery will be to drill a hole to place the screw into the jaw and repair the gum around the base. Then the second appointment will have the connector attached to the base and then the crown place on top to complete the replacement.
There are various dental implant procedures and materials that can be used and it is best to have a full consult with your dentist to find the best option for your tooth replacement.