When someone needs to have a tooth or teeth replaced, treating this problem will usually rely on some type of dentures or bridgework, but there is now a procedure that offers the patient a more attractive solution. When a person has dental implants it will leave them with natural looking, permanent teeth along with helping to prevent jaw bone loss. The procedure of putting in dental implants uses a surgical procedure that is high tech. They are considered a type of prosthesis.

• Subperiosteal dental implants-these are put on the top of a patient's jaw and the metal framework will protrude through the jaw in order to hold the tooth.
• Endosteal dental implants-these are fixed into the patient's bone using blades, screws, or cylinders.

Because dental implants are a permanent solution they will require a series of procedures to make sure that artificial took will work and last as long as natural teeth would. Not everyone is a candidate for having dental implants so after you have lost a tooth your dentist will make the assessment as to whether the site is appropriate for doing an implant. It depends on whether there is enough jaw bone to be able to support the implant. If there is not you may need to have a bone graph. If a bone graph is necessary this will add to the healing time for the procedure. Your jaw will need to heal after the bone graph before dental implants can be done.

If you have adequate bone you will not have to wait to have the procedure. During the first session your dentist will create a hole hole into your jawbone through the gum. At this point your dentist's skills are very important because if a mistake is made when making the pilot hole, facial nerve damage could happen. Into the pilot hole your dentist will put a titanium screw and anchor it to the bone. Before leaving your dentist a protective covering is put over the structure.

It will take three to six months for the titanium screw or anchor to fuse into the bone called the osseointeration process. This process guarantees dental implants has the resistance and strength of a natural tooth. Once the healing process is done the dentist will put a temporary crown on top of the screw. To give extra healing time, in two months your dentist will check the implant and if satisfied with the way it looks will put in a permanent crown. The success of the procedure depends on good self care during the time the dental implant is healing.