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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Implants are a great option for people with good oral health who have lost teeth due to gum disease or injury. They are so natural-looking, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. With proper care, implants can last your lifetime.

Your Procedure
The dental implant is screwed into a special site prepared in the bone. This is done using local anesthesia and takes [a half hour to an hour per dental implant.] The implants are then covered with gum tissue so that they can integrate with the surrounding bone. This is basically your artificial root.

We then wait [six to twelve months] for your bone to grow around the implant. The final replacement tooth is then placed in your mouth and attached to the “root.” Everyone heals differently, so the length of recovery time depends on your overall health.

Subperiosteal Implants
If you do not have enough bone width or height for the method described above, the Subperiosteal implant is used. This is custom made to rest on top of your jawbone and under your gums. Under anesthesia, an impression is made of your jawbone, and that is used to make a custom-fit implant for your jaw. After that is placed, your gums are closed with stitches and replacement teeth are attached.