A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium screws, they are placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Over a few months, the jawbone will fuse with the metal screw. Crowns, bridges or dentures can be attached to the implant to replace the missing teeth.
Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth. They can also support a denture and/or bridge.
Watch our video to see what is involved in a dental implant procedure.
Who is a candidate for dental implant?
If you are missing one, some, or all of your teeth, dental implants are the ultimate option for replacing your missing teeth. If you have a dental bridge, partial denture or full denture then a dental implant is the best solution. The implants will last a life time, however, the crown on the top must be replaced every 10-15 years.
The ideal dental implant candidate would have excellent general and oral health. It is crucial to have healthy gums before proceeding with dental implants.
The jaw has to have enough bone for anchorage. Some people who have not got enough bone can still have a dental implant but a bone grafting procedure is required prior to implant placement.
Commitment to taking care of your oral health, gums and teeth is vital for success of the dental implant. Daily brushing and flossing, and regular dentist and hygienist visits are essential.