Dental Implants which are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth are part of a tooth replacement procedure. Dental implants are used as replacements for missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. The procedure begins with a dental assessment of your mouth and jawbone through an oral examination and X-Rays of your jaw. Your dentist will then decide if dental implants or a bridge are the right way to proceed.
If your dentist deems dental implants to be the path forward, they will begin by surgically placing a metal post or frame usually made of titanium, under your gums and into your jawbone. Over the course of a few weeks the frame will fuse to your jawbone gaining strength. After the post is secured, your dentist will place an abutment into the post which will then be attached to the artificial tooth. Often times the post and abutment are placed in the same visit but this is left up to the discretion of your dentist. After your gums and jaw have healed from this portion of the procedure your dentist goes about making the artificial tooth and attaching it to the abutment.
Caring for your dental implants is the same as caring for you natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will go a long way in maintaining the overall health of your implant. Quitting smoking is also recommended as smoking can weaken the bone structure and cause implant failure.