Dental implants

What is a dental implant procedure?

This procedure replaces tooth roots with titanium screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real teeth.

The procedure usually starts with an overall oral health assessment which may include a scan to accurately determine the site for the implant. Depending on the individual, tooth extraction or bone restoration/graft may be required prior to implantation. Once the site is deemed adequate and wounds are fully healed, the dentist will insert the implant. Finally, when the implant is ready, a crown will be installed.

What are the benefits of the procedure?

Natural look: Implants look much like real teeth.

Durable: It is a permanent solution as the titanium implant is long lasting.

Oral Bone Health: Bone and tissue degeneration may begin when a tooth is missing. Implants act as a replacement for missing roots, which can help drastically decrease bone degeneration. h,h

How long does the procedure take?

The exact duration of the procedure differs for each individual. On average, from consultation to crown placement, the procedure spans over 3 to 6 months.

Is the procedure painful?

As the procedure is rather invasive, pain and discomfort are naturally expected. However, anesthetics or sedatives (if necessary) will be included in the process. During the surgical process, while there may be some pressure felt there should be no pain.

After the anesthesia wears off, over-the-counter medications can be prescribed to manage pain and prevent infection.