What Are Dental Implants

Dental implants are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth.

An implant has three parts, which are placed in a series of procedures:



A specially shaped
and treated
medical-grade metal rod,
usually titanium



An abutment
that extends
the rod above
the gum line



An artificial crown
than fits onto
the neck

The rod fits into the socket left by a missing tooth much like a natural root. As the tissues heal, the bone fuses with the rod—a process called osseointegration—until the implant becomes a permanent part of your jaw. They can be used in the upper and/or lower jaw. They are intended for use in the upper and/or lower jaw to support prosthetic devices, such as artificial teeth.

Once they’ve integrated with the jaw, implants can support restorations ranging from single-tooth replacement to an entire arch of bridgework or overdentures. There are many options for all kinds of prosthetics—different sizes, shapes and materials—so we can be sure of finding the best fit and appearance, as well as the surest path to complete healing.

Patients with more complicated conditions due to accidents, bone loss, or disease may also need other treatments or surgeries to reconstruct the lost tissue, which can add time to the schedule.

Are Implants Right for You?

Implant technology has made rapid advances in recent years, and there are many new options and applications. Talk to your dental professional to see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment.

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