A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which is surgically placed into the jaw bone in order to secure a replacement tooth or bridge in place.
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are an ideal tooth replacement procedure because no additional teeth need to be altered or trimmed down to place the new tooth. They also look and feel like natural teeth. Implants are also great for patients who are unable to wear partial or complete dentures.
The implant typically takes 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper esthetic appearance for your smile.
Give El Camino Dental a call today to find out if you are a candidate for implant.