A dental implant is a replacement for missing teeth.
A missing tooth can be aesthetically displeasing. It can also lead to bone loss in the jaw and problems in the bite. Dental implants are a solution to all three of these issues. Dental implants allow for a missing tooth to be replaced with a fully functional artificial tooth. This structure preserves the bone in the jaw and allows for proper occlusion in the mouth.
Dental implants are placed in 3 stages: (1) The implant is placed into the jawbone and allowed to integrate with the surrounding bone. (2) After healing, an abutment is screwed into the implant to hold the final crown. (3) The final crown, typically made of porcelain, is placed over the abutment to provide the final tooth-like structure. Dental implants have a high success rate and can last for a long period of time. Implants can also be used for the placement of fixed dental bridges and dentures.