Wow, time flies fast! We’re only days into 2018 and already last year seems so distant. Hopefully your holidays contained lots of laughter and quality time with your family and friends.Oftentimes, we see an influx of patients come in for one reason, they want a dental implant. Why is that? In one case, they went through their camera to find the best holiday photos to share. However, they felt embarrassed by the fact they rarely smiled in any of the photos, and when they did, the gap in their teeth openly stood out.Are you struggling with a missing tooth yourself? Don’t let your missing tooth play with your emotions any longer. Make 2018 the year you take back your healthy smile with help from dental implants!What are Dental Implants?If you don’t already know what dental implants are, you’re in luck. Dental implants are the number one solution for restoring a missing tooth, and have been since taking over the spot of dentures in the past so decade. A single dental implant consists of three parts – the implant screw, the abutment and the crown.The implant screw is the initial piece that we insert into your jawbone. It’s titanium-alloy composition can bond with your jawbone rather easily through a process called osseointegration. Keep this piece of a dental implant in mind for later in the article.Next is the abutment. The abutment is a bridge that acts as a connector piece between the implant screw and the crown. It protrudes out of the gum, but not to worry as the crown will cap it.Lastly is the crown. Most times crowns are of acrylic or porcelain, as both materials are easy to stain and match the natural color of your teeth. The crown is the most expensive part of the implant, so it’s important that when you get a dental implant to keep up with good oral hygiene practices.A Walk Through the Dental Implant ProcedureGetting an affordable dental implant takes little effort. In fact, most people qualify on their first try! The exceptions to that is if you need gum or bone grafting, or have a history with smoking. How to start is simple. It takes only a call or a quick filling out of our contact form to set up an initial Free Consultation, and from there your dental implant journey begins.Placing a dental implant spans over a period of 6 months. There’s reason behind why the dental implants aren’t a single day procedure. Remember how we said the implant bonds to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration? Well osseointegration is when the bone regrows around the implant post, so it remains fixed and secure.Initially, we place the implant screw and top it with a flipper so that you may continue to eat and drink with care. Patience is necessary for the next step. Known as the healing period, for 4-6 months you must let the implant screw osseointegrate. We will make sure to regularly check up on you and see how you weigh on the healing scale. After the healing period is over, you come in to have the abutment placed on top of the implant screw and will get your crown fixated soon after. After your last procedure visit, you can look at the mirror and marvel at the natural look of your new dental implant.Setting Up Your Free Consultation for Dental Implants2018 may have just started, but now is the time to get a dental implant. The entire dental implant procedure spans at least 4 months thanks to the healing period, so the sooner you get a dental implant to restore your missing teeth, the better. Thanks to dental implants, you’ll be able to enjoy your time with the people you keep close to you, without being afraid of your own smile.