What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that can be surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw to serve as a replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. Because of the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the surrounding jaw bone to become a solid anchor for the replacement tooth that goes on top of it (called a dental implant restoration). Dental implants can be used as a long-lasting solution for replacing single or multiple missing teeth, and for stabilizing dentures.
The Versatility of Implants
Dr. Sitaram doesn’t recommend dental implants as a “one size fits all” solution for missing teeth, but rather as a versatile option for creating custom treatment plans to restore patients’ smiles according to their individual needs. If you have one missing tooth, the procedure to replace it is relatively quick and simple — a single implant replaces a single missing tooth. For replacing multiple teeth in a row, implants can be placed to hold a fixed dental bridge. The teeth on either end of the bridge serve as anchors, and the crowns on the anchor teeth attach to the false tooth or teeth of the bridge.
When all top teeth or all bottom teeth are missing, a removable denture is a common solution that can be anchored by implants for increased stability. An alternative to removable dentures is a full arch replacement made permanent by implants. Many patients desire to have all their upper or lower teeth replaced with a restoration that does not come out because permanence is most convenient and feels closest to having their natural teeth back.Schedule an Appointment