Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small screw composed of titanium that can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth or place implant supported dentures. The implant simulates the root of a tooth and is put in place into the bone, usually allowed to heal for a few months and then fit with the appropriate components to support the planned restoration.

Each situation requiring a dental implant dictates the steps necessary for the implant placement. In all cases, a dental implant requires solid, healthy bone in sufficient quantity and at the right location to build the desired restoration. The number and ideal location for the implants can be determined from clinical records and from an interactive discussion between a general dentist or prosthodontists, the dentist placing the implants and an interested patient.