They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor that is placed to act as the foundation for a replacement tooth. In addition to replacing a single missing tooth, implants can also anchor bridges, partials, or full dentures.
After a thorough evaluation, your dentist, in conjunction with an oral surgeon or periodontist, can tell you whether you’re a candidate for dental implants. They require adequate bone structure for placement. The first stage of the procedure involves oral surgery in which a titanium post is implanted into the bone to replace the missing tooth. Nature, i.e. healing, takes its course, allowing your adjacent bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post. This creates a solid foundation for a replacement tooth.
Once the implant is fully healed, your dentist will attach a handcrafted, permanent crown to each implant abutment. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
By imitating an entire natural tooth, from the root up, dental implants offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental-implant patients enjoy restored function and a normal diet and speech. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.