Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. They replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges and dentures. State-of-the-art technology makes it possible for these replacement teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.
Dental implants typically compose three parts: the implant body that mimic tooth roots, the abutment sticking up through gum tissue that helps retain crowns, bridges, dentures, or other types of prosthesis, and finally the implant supported prosthesis. The implants are typically placed in single sitting, but require around 3-6 months of healing period for the implant anchors to the jaw bone. After the dental implants are anchored to the jaw bone, they are ready to be restored the crown, bridge or dentures.