Dental implants are titanium posts used to mimic roots to replace a single or multiple missing teeth.
When the option to save your natural tooth is eliminated, or dental stability is compromised, then dental implants can be a very valuable and beneficial treatment option. Conventional crowns, bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. At Harvard Rd Dental Care we will provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants and how they can be beneficial to your overall dental health.
The dental implant, titanium root form, is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw and allowed to integrate and become part of the surrounding bone. The implant serves as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Dental implants can be used to enhance the stability of dentures or replace single or multiple missing teeth.
What is involved in placing implants?
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. First, surgery is performed to place the titanium root form in the upper or lower jaw, depending on which missing teeth are being replaced. Up to six months may be required for the bone to grow and integrate around the implant and firmly hold it in place. Then implant supported replacement teeth are made to feel and function like natural teeth.