Implants are a great alternative to missing teeth.

This week is National Prosthodontics Week, so this week is about implants and their benefits. Dental implants are usually made of titanium and are used to replace single missing teeth or to support prosthodontics, such as dentures.  An implant acts as a “root” in your mouth, and screws into the jaw bone.  It is left with a cap on top until the jaw bone grows around the screw in a manner that is similar to a natural root in your mouth.  Once the bone has regrown around the screw, a crown is placed on top of the implant, so that it looks like a natural tooth.  Implants are used in prosthodontics in a similar way, but instead of a crown placed on the implant, dentures are made to fit a ball and socket model so that the dentures are not able to move around once placed.  This gives the dentures extra security when in use.  The healing time for an implant is anywhere from 2 to 6 months.  After that period, it is safe to continue placing the dentures or crown.