What is an implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth
root placed in the jaw to hold a replacement
tooth in place. Implants can be used in
multiple locations to replace several
missing teeth. They also can be used to
give support for partial and complete
dentures. Once restored, dental implants
can look, function and feel just like
Whom does an implant
Dental implants are an ideal option for
anyone in good general oral health that
has missing teeth. Implants can be more
conservative than other methods of tooth
replacement because they do not rely on
adjacent teeth for support. Implants also
benefit patients who have partial or complete
dentures who want a snugger, more secure
fit. Implants are not necessarily the
best treatment option for every situation,
so a thorough examination is indicated
to determine candidacy.
How is it done?
Implant dentistry involves teamwork with a surgeon who places
the implant, and a restorative dentist who attaches the crown
or other prosthesis to the implant. The placement of an implant
is a two-step process. First, the implant is placed in the jawbone
creating an artificial tooth root. After a few months the implant
becomes securely anchored in the jawbone. Second, the replacement
tooth is made and secured to the implant, without having to rely
on neighboring teeth for support.