An implant is a small bio-compatible titanium screw that is inserted in the jaw to replace the root portion of a tooth. Dental implants have been shown to actually integrate with the surrounding bone to form a solid foundation for the porcelain tooth that is placed on top.
The basic steps are as follows:
- A titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and left for a period of 3-6 months until it fuses to the bone forming a firm base.
- The screw is then uncovered and a post is attached to the now firmly established implant.
The benefits of implants are many and they feel, look, and function like natural teeth. Implanted teeth are fixed and therefore eliminate the need for removable partials or fixed bridges.
Dental implants can replace a single tooth or several teeth and can also be used to stabilize complete upper or lower dentures. The use of implants provides patients with a superior technique to replace missing teeth resulting in improved comfort, speech, chewing, and a better sense of self-esteem.