What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a surgically placed artificial tooth root that your dentist will use to support a tooth replacement. Your implant and tooth replacement should work together to create a natural-looking and functional tooth.
The Implant Procedure
A dental implant consists of two pieces, a titanium rod that is inserted surgically into your jaw bone to act as the root of a tooth, and an abutment that screws into the rod.
This procedure usually takes two appointments to complete.
On the first visit, your dentist will likely place the titanium rod beneath the gum tissue, into your jaw bone. Your dentist will then stitch the gum tissue back into place. The implant will begin to bond with the bone and attach to your gum as it heals.
At the second appointment, your dentist should attach the abutment to the rod. After that is in place, a tooth replacement will be attached to the abutment and should create a fully functioning and natural-looking tooth.
Uses For Dental Implants
It is important to your oral health to replace missing teeth. Otherwise, surrounding teeth may begin to shift out of place which can cause other dental issues.
Dental implants may be a good solution if you are missing one or more teeth. Implants can address a number of oral health issues, including: