With the increased desire to restore natural tooth function because of missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures, implants have become somewhat of a standard in this treatment. Not only can implants improve the general functionality of your teeth, they can also improve the appearance of your teeth and markedly improve your ability to speak. They are a biocompatible material, made from titanium, which becomes part of your bone structure when inserted via a process called osseointegration. They are commonly used in single tooth replacements but can also be used for complex bridgework and supporting or assisting dentures.
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Dental implants are usually completed by a two-step procedure. The first step involves integrating a titanium implant into the jaw under local anesthesia and allowing it to heal over time. The second step of treatment is the restoration of the missing tooth with a dental crown. The procedures from start to finish can take from 3-6 months in total and can be completed all at Hawthorne Dental. You may have a fully restored dental implant and crown from as little as $4,471 (dependent on your health fund).
Dental implants are held in place by a metal fixing which is secured permanently into the jawbone. This means that they do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support. Dental implants are typically reliable and long-lasting, but should you have any problems with your implants, you should seek expert dental advice as soon as possible.