What is an implant?
A dental implant replaces the natural root of a tooth. It is used to fix a tooth or group of teeth. Implants are placed into the jawbone enabling a permanent replacement of teeth. This is often preferable to the inconvenience of a bridge or removable dentures.
Who does an implant benefit?
An implant benefits anyone who needs to replace a lost tooth or a group of teeth. It prevents teeth from shifting into the gap caused by missing teeth and improves the ability to chew. Implants are recommended for those desiring a more permanent solution than removable dentures. Another benefit is that it does not need to be anchored to surrounding teeth as does a bridge.
How is it done?
The placement of an implant is a two-fold process. First, the implant is placed into the jaw bone, creating an artificial root for a tooth to attach to, and a healing cap is placed over it to allow it to heal. The implant becomes securely fused with the jawbone after a few short months, and the new permanent tooth can then be attached securely in place.