A dental implant is a post made of metal that is designed to replace missing teeth. It is usually made out of titanium and is placed surgically into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a bridge, an implant is a more permanent solution.
You have several options when replacing teeth. Your options are no longer limited to crowns and conventional bridges or dentures. Dental implants are aesthetically pleasing and feel very natural. Implants are surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments. With time, they fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or dentures.
Through a process called osseointegration, implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural. Some patients have reported that the secure fit is more comfortable than alternatives. Dental implant candidates must have healthy gums and bone to support the implant.
Reasons for Dental Implants
Dental Implant Cases
Posterior Dental Implant Supported Crowns
Clinical photos of a dental reconstruction utilizing dental implants 7 years post-placement.
Single Tooth Replacement - Front Tooth
Pre-operative clinical and x-ray views of a root canal treated fracture lateral incisor.
Dental Implant Supported Dentures
Four implants placed in the lower jaw to support and and retain a bar overdenture.
Note the inside of the lower denture has retentive components which help the lock onto the bar.
In the upper jaw four implants were placed with two small bars to assist the natural teeth in retaining an upper denture. Both restorations feel and function like the patient’s natural teeth, yet are removable.
Patient Missing Incisors
Placed immediately before the crowns.
1 year post-op
3 year post-op