A dental implant is a durable, long-lasting restoration used to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, from one tooth to full arches of teeth. The implant post is a screw made of titanium that is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth or teeth. This post acts as a replacement for the root of the tooth and keeps your restoration secure. After the post is placed, a healing period is usually required to allow the bone to bond with the post.
Once this healing period has been completed, our oral surgeon can then place the dental implant restoration on top of the post. This restoration is the replacement tooth that will cap the implant and complete your smile. Depending on the condition of your smile and your needs, this restoration could be a dental bridge, dental crown, or a complete or partial denture. The restoration is designed to comfortably fit with your remaining teeth and improve the appearance and function of your smile. With the proper care, your dental implant can last for an entire lifetime.
A dental implant is a great treatment choice for those whose missing teeth are affecting the function and appearance of their smile. If you want to learn more about dental implants and whether you are good candidate for an implant, please contact us today!