If you are looking to replace one, a few or all your missing teeth, or sick and tired of loose dentures, dental implants may be for you.
Your natural teeth are composed of two parts, the ‘crown’ which is above the gum line and the ‘root’ which goes down into the jawbone. If you lose a tooth, the root can usually be replaced with a small titanium post surgically placed into your jaw – this is what is called a dental implant. Implants can then have crowns, bridges and connections attached to replace one, a few or sometimes all of your missing teeth. They take approximately 2 to 3 months to fully integrate during which time a temporary tooth (or teeth) are provided to maintain your appearance.
Once the implant is integrated into the jawbone, an impression is taken of the top of the implant fixture and sent to a laboratory where a custom made crown or prosthesis is constructed by a skilled technician. Approximately two weeks later the titanium abutment is secured to the implant fixture in your jaw and the completed crown or prosthesis is cemented or screwed on. There are several choices available to you in regards to types of restorations that can be placed depending on your individual requirements.
Dental implants have become an important part of modern dentistry, with millions of people already benefiting from the use of implants. Implants can provide you with outstanding aesthetic, functional, and long term results in the right situations.