Dental implants are metal posts placed in the jawbone underneath the gum tissue to support artificial teeth where naturalDental implant teeth are missing. Unlike other types of tooth replacements, such as removable dentures or fixed bridges which are cemented to remaining teeth, dental implants are actually placed (”implanted”) into the jawbone under the gum tissue. These implants are usually made from a “space-age” metal called titanium, which is accepted by the body, and artificial teeth that look like natural teeth are then attached to the implants. Accepted by the American Dental Association, dental implants have been used for many years, and hundreds of thousands have been placed. Due to a process known as “osseointegration,” meaning that bone actually attaches itself to the implant, these anchors provide a strong foundation that allows people with missing teeth to chew efficiently and comfortably.

Who Can Use Implants?

Dental implant Anyone who is missing teeth or wearing dentures is a candidate for dental implants, and can benefit from increased chewing efficiency and improved appearance or speech. Implants can be the solution when it has become difficult or impossible to wear a removable denture. Portions of the jaw that are missingDental implant due to an accident, disease, or birth defect can often be reconstructed using implants.

Implant Surgery

The placement of endosteal dental implants requires two different procedures. In “Stage 1″ surgery the implants, or “fixtures”, are placed in the bone. In “Stage 2″, which takes place after osseointegration is complete and the submerged implants are solidly attached to the bone, the fixtures are uncovered and special posts called “abutments” are attached to the implants. These “abutments” project above the gumline, and the “final” artificial teeth will be fitted onto them.