When you are not happy with your smile, it can affect your self confidence. You may be embarrassed to smile around others because you have a missing tooth. A dental implant might be the solution to your problem.
An implant is usually made of titanium and is used as an artificial tooth root. A dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon drills a hole into your jawbone and places the implant. Sedation or a local anesthesia is used for the procedure.
There will be some pain after your surgery, but an over-the-counter medication may be enough to reduce it. You will likely be instructed to eat only soft foods for the first week after you get an implant.
After three to six months, the implant becomes a permanent part of your jawbone. The dental professional will then attach an abutment to the implant. A crown is placed over the abutment.
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