Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. Unlike a bridge or dentures, implants are placed right into the bones of your jaw, where they form a strong, natural foundation for replacement teeth. We can use implants to replace a single tooth with an implant-supported crown, or we can use them to replace multiple teeth with implant-supported bridges and dentures.
Once an implant is placed it bonds permanently to your bone tissue, and although the crowns or dentures may need to be replaced periodically, the implant itself can last a lifetime.
Implants are surgically placed in your jaw in a two-phase process. First, we prepare your jaw and place the implant. This may involve augmentation of your existing bone tissue to strengthen the foundation for the implant. The implant itself is surgically placed in your jaw and left to heal. Once the implant is healed we place a device called an abutment on the implant and attach the crown or denture.
Once the crown is placed you care for the implant as you would any tooth by brushing and flossing regularly.