Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium that is placed into your upper or lower jaw bone beneath your gums to replace one or more missing teeth. The implant is made of titanium and is completely biocompatible with your body. Your periodontist places the dental implant and your general dentist restores the implant (attaches the crown or bridge).

There are three parts to a dental implant. The actual implant is the artificial root made of a titanium screw that is the anchor placed into your jawbone. The implant will continue to integrate into your bone over a healing period of 3-4 months. The abutment is the component that attaches the implant under your gum tissue to the crown that makes up the tooth in your mouth. The crown is the white replacement tooth that is attached to the abutment and restores your smile.

For some people, bridges and dentures are not comfortable or may not even be possible due to sore spots, thin jawbone or gagging. In addition, ordinary bridges must be attached to teeth on either side of the space from the missing teeth. One advantage to implants is that you don’t need to have adjacent teeth present, and that the adjacent teeth don’t need to be ground down to hold the new replacement tooth in place.

Sometimes extraction of a tooth, placement of an implant and attachment of a temporary abutment and temporary crown can all be done on the same day.

Read more about this in the section “Teeth in a day” and schedule a consultation to find out if your case fits the criteria for a new tooth in a day!
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