Missing a tooth? No problem. Implants are permanent replacements!
What are Dental Implants?
In layman’s terms, a dental implant is a titanium rod that anchors into the jawbone and acts as a tooth root. An abutment connects to the implant and provides a base for the crown.
The first part of implant surgery involves placing the implant into the jawbone. This implant is then left to heal and integrate to your bone for a period of 3-6 months. A second minor surgery is needed to uncover the implant after it has integrated, and attach an abutment. After the tissues heal, an impression is taken for crown fabrication.
This diagram illustrates the advantages of implants over dental bridges. With implants, natural tooth structure does not have to be sacrificed. Sometimes dental bridges make sense because the two adjacent teeth require full coverage crowns. If the two adjacent teeth are virgin, an implant would be the best and least invasive option. Tooth structure does not grow back.
Dental implants are also a great way to anchor dentures. Lower dentures lack retention due to the tongue. Two or more lower implants can provide great retention, improving function and speech.