A dental implant is much like a natural tooth. The implant acts as a tooth “root” in your jawbone with a crown placed on top. When an implant is needed, we ask an oral surgeon to place the implant post beneath your gum and into the bone. The implant fuses to the bone in your jaw and functions like the root of a tooth. After a few months of healing we take measurement impressions to have the crown made on top of the metal implant post. Dental implants can also be used to anchor dentures.
Most patients find that an implant is a good replacement for their own tooth. However, not everyone is a good candidate. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health overall and possess adequate bone and healthy tissue to support the implant. Patients also must be committed to very thorough oral hygiene every day and regular dental visits.