A dental implant is a threaded metal cylinder that replaces the root of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth (crown) is placed on an abutment on the dental implant, giving you the look of a real tooth.
Are you a candidate for dental implant surgery?
Dental implants aren't the same as artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants are the actual threaded metal cylinders that serve as the roots of missing teeth. The implant, sometimes called a post or cylinder, is surgically implanted in the jawbone beneath the gum tissue. An abutment, or extension, is attached on top of the metal cylinder. A realistic-looking artificial tooth (crown) is attached to the abutment, creating a three-piece device that completes your smile. You may have one tooth replaced with dental implant surgery or many.
In general, dental implants may be right for you if you have:
- One or more missing teeth
- A jawbone that has reached full growth
- Adequate bone to secure the implants
- A bone grafting procedure
- Healthy oral tissues
- A resistance to wearing dentures
- Interest in improving your speech
Please ask us for details on your next visit to see if dental implant surgery is for you.