A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or other prosthesis.
Titanium is incredibly strong and does not corrode making it the perfect candidate to assume the role of an artificial tooth root.
When Implants Are Done
To individually replace one or more missing teeth
To replace one or more missing teeth by supporting a dental bridge
To eliminate the need for a removable partial denture or full denture
To provide increased support for a partial or full denture, making it more secure and comfortable
What's Involved with Dental Implants?
A restored dental implant usually consists of 3 parts (see diagram above):
1) The Implant (the fixture that is surgically placed into the jaw)
2) The Abutment (which is attached to the implant fixture, and supports the crown)
3) The Custom-Made Implant Crown (the replacement tooth, very similar to a traditional crown)
Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost one or more teeth. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. You may forget you ever lost a tooth. Patients are many times surprised that the surgical placement of the implant results in very little discomfort.
Dental Implant Before and After Example
Before and After
Types Of Implants
Conventional Root Form Implants: This is the most common implant used today. Each one can hold a prosthetic tooth, anchor a dental bridge, or support a removable partial denture or full denture.
Mini Implants: These are placed into the jawbone with the sole intent of securing a removable partial denture or a complete denture. Generally multiple mini implants are used in order to achieve this. In rare instances, a mini implant can secure an actual prosthetic tooth. As the name implies, the size (diameter) of these implants are much smaller than the conventional implants. This allows them to be placed in areas with much less bone.