Dental implants are a great option for replacing intensely damaged teeth or broken teeth. Unlike dentures, implants provide a more comfortable, long term solution and allow the person to be able to chew their food more normally.
The dentist will use the bone from your jaw to use for the implant. The time frame for the process will depend on the state of your jawbone. If the doctor needs more jawbone than expected, then he or she will have to extract more. Your jaw has to heal before the implant can be installed which can cause a larger lapse in time. After the healing has completed, the doctor will make a cast of your mouth and a ceramic tooth will be made to match the shape and color of your teeth.
Keep in mind that dental implants do take time and it is important to be patient. Your results will not occur overnight and could probably take as long as six months. There are also dentists who are not able to perform this form of cosmetic dentistry in their practice. In this case, you will be referred to a dentist who practices surgery of the mouth. If your insurance provider will not cover this type of surgery, then consult with your dentist about financing. Many professionals will try to help their patients so that they can receive your business, especially if they have been a patient for many years. While you may be paying on the account for quite some time, the overall results will be well worth the cost.