If you are missing teeth and are no longer young enough to just wait for the "big girl" teeth to come in, chances are you’ll end up having dental implants. This procedure has become more and more popular over the last 20 years and the rate of success has been quite impressive. This is a flexible procedure that gives your dentist more than one option for filling in those missing teeth.
The process of getting dental implants occurs over time. It starts with a consultation during which your doctor determines that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. This will typically involve an x-ray and CT scan so the doctor can ensure you have enough bone to properly set the implant. These tests are also used to determine what type of implant should be use and how large it must be for success.
The empty spot in the gum is then fitted with a Titanium cylinder designed to replace the root of the tooth. That initial root implant has to take and later on another piece is added. Eventually, a crown is placed over the entire implant to give the appearance of a real tooth.
If you have dentures, you may opt to have dental implants as well. The implants will hold the dentures more secure so you don’t have to worry so much about them falling out.