What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a cosmetic dentistry option designed to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are implanted into the jaw, having the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are placed in the bone, and are made of surgical grade titanium and porcelain.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The surgical procedure used to insert dental implants is done under local anesthetic. Dr. Kamel begins by making an incision in the gum, exposing the bone in the jaw, and making a hole for the dental implant. The implant is then placed into the bone and the gums are closed with stitches.
Once the implant has been successfully placed, the bone is given 3-6 months to grow and fuse around the dental implant a process known as osseointegration. For implants in the lower jaw this will take approximately three months and for implants in the upper jaw this will take approximately six months.
When the bone has grown around the implant, a porcelain crown can then be placed into the implant, or in some cases, a bridge or denture can be fitted to the implant.