Dental Implant - is a surgical fixture that is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with the bone over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. In turn, this “artificial tooth root” serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Having a dental implant fused to the jawbone is the closest thing to mimicking a natural tooth because it stands on its own without affecting the nearby teeth and has great stability.
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
After removing teeth and following the first stage implant post-surgery visit, your bone and surrounding tissue may be tender, sore, and swollen. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise or activity for the first few days after surgery and continue with your regular daily activities.
Cleaning, flossing, and routine dental exams are all part of the maintenance required for dental implants.