Dental implants are the best replacement for missing teeth. They provide a permanent foundation for replacement crowns or dentures that is as strong as your natural roots. Implants also help preserve the bone tissue in your jaws and prevent bone loss that can result after a tooth has been extracted.
How Implants Work
- Anchor - a titanium anchor, shaped like a wood screw, that is inserted into the jawbone
- Abutment - a metal post that is attached to the anchor and which forms the foundation for a restoration
- Crown or Denture - a synthetic replacement tooth or denture that is attached to the abutment
Implant treatment usually takes from three to nine months from the initial surgery to place the anchor. During this time, the bone tissue around the anchor is healing and strengthening to hold the implant in place. Once the bone has fully healed, the crown or denture is placed on the implant.
Benefits of Implants
Implants are also a healthy alternative to bridgework as they don’t require the placement of the crowns that are necessary to support a bridge.