Dental implants replace missing teeth. They can also support an implant bridge or denture.
In this procedure, a small titanium post is surgically positioned in the bone; the bone grows around the post, forming a tight connection.
Once the implant is firmly integrated (approximately 2 months), the dentist attaches the replacement to the top of the post.
Implants have the following advantages over bridge work:
- Most importantly, the implant preserves the jaw bone.
- It does not require the adjacent teeth for support.
- It offers the most natural appearance and function.