Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the bone to take the place of your natural roots in the event that the natural tooth is removed due to trauma, decay, or gum disease. Implants are a versatile treatment option that can be used to secure single tooth crowns or bridges, removable dentures, or fixed hybrid dentures. Implants can be placed at the time of tooth removal or into an area that has been missing teeth for an extended period of time. Bone grafting of the area may be required before implant placement.
Components of a Dental Implant
First is the implant itself which is placed into the bone in place of the root. The implant requires 4-6 months of healing generally before it can be fully restored.
Second is the abutment, which is an attachment that will act as the foundation for your new tooth
Last is the implant crown, which is the visible component that is connected to the abutment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Cannot get cavities
- Don't compromise the adjacent teeth like a conventional bridge would
- Replace one or more missing teeth
- Can stabilize a removable denture, drastically increasing patient satisfaction