A dental implant is an artificial tooth root (synthetic material) that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support, they are permanent and stable. Implants are a good solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like natural teeth.
Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue. There are different types of dental implants: the first is placed directly into the jaw bone, like natural tooth roots; the second is used when the jaw structure is limited, therefore, a custom-made metal framework fits directly on the existing bone.
Implants can replace a single tooth by placing a crown on the implant, used as a bridge foundation or also used as support for a denture. The healing process will usually take anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months. Once the initial healing is complete a crown, bridge or denture may be secured to the implant(s).
The areas that are intended for implant placement must be assessed fully to insure implants can be placed. Xrays or a 3D CT scan maybe required for proper assessment.
Implant Supported Crown
Implanted Supported Bridge
Implant Supported Denture