Dental implants offer people who are missing one or more of their teeth the opportunity to restore full form and function to their mouths. Implant-supported crowns, bridges, and dentures are truly the next best thing to having a mouth full of strong, healthy natural teeth.
Also known as endosseous fixtures, dental implants are designed to replace the entire structure of missing teeth, from root to crown. The implants themselves are similar to small screws, usually made from titanium or a titanium alloy, which act as artificial tooth roots. Once they have been surgically embedded in the jaw, the implant posts fuse to the natural bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. They essentially become part of the patient’s natural anatomy, providing security and stability comparable to healthy tooth roots. Custom-crafted replacement teeth are then attached to the implants via abutments.
Depending on the needs of the individual patient:
- A single implant can be used to secure a dental crown
- Multiple implants can be used to secure multiple crowns or a dental bridge
- Several strategically placed implants can be used to secure dentureson the upper arch, lower arch, or both.