Do Implants really work? Yes, in the mouth of health people, without abusive oral habits or excessive smoking. There ability to function rivals that of natural teeth. In severe cases they have allowed persons unable to wear conventional artificial dentures to chew well and appear normal. The most popular current concept (cylinders and screws) requires one or two clinical sessions.

During the first appointment, the gum tissue is opened and the screw-like titanium implant s placed into the bone. This implant combines with the bone as the bone cells grow into its surface. This process which has been called osseointegration, takes several months. During this time, the implant is usually sealed below the gum, away from outer fluids and debris, while it heals into place.

On the second appointment, a small hole is made in the gum tissue, and the implant is exposed. A healing cap is placed on the implant for a short time and an abutment head is placed on the implant body. The gum tissue heals for a short time and the dentist places some artificial teeth onto the implants. These artificial teeth can be made to appear and function as well as for better than natural teeth.