A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that replaces one or several missing teeth. The inner part looks like a screw and is made of a biocompatible titanium alloy, and the outer part is the prosthetic with the same appearance of a natural tooth. In time, the bone cells develop around the implant, reinforcing it into the jaw and fusing it with the surrounding bone.
Dental implants do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, avoiding destructive drilling, a procedure that is necessary in classical bridgework.
- Often feel like natural teeth.
- Facilitate clarity of speech.
- Excellent chewing ability.
- Excellent aesthetics.
- Suitable for virtually every age.
- Not susceptible to decay, but susceptible to gum disease.
- High success rate – over 95%
- If a dental implant fails, it can often be replaced after a healing period of three months.
There are different approaches used in each individual implant case. Implants can sometimes be placed on the same day in the extraction site of the extracted tooth, and immediately restored either with the permanent or temporary restoration. Or, the extraction site is allowed to heal for 3 months and then the implant is placed. Implants are sometimes left to heal for 3 months with just a healing cap and then restored with the permanent restoration.