What is an Implant?

An implants is a cylinder or screw that acts as an “anchor”. They are an artificial replacement for the root of our natural tooth. Implants are made from materials that are more easily accepted by the human body, such as Titanium. They can be used for both lower and upper jaws. Implants are directly attached to the jaw bone and gum tissue, and they act as stable foundations for artificial replacement teeth. Implants can provide more stability, bite strength, and less chance for slippage compared to removable dental restorations.

Three-Step Implant Process

Your implant treatment is done in three steps, after your mouth has been assessed thoroughly for suitability:

  1. Inserting the base. The  implant will be surgically embedded into your jawbone. The gum is secured over the implant. A process known as osseointegration takes place over approximately three to six months, as the implant fuses with your jawbone. There may be swelling and tenderness during the first couple of days as the body heals from the surgery.
  2. Attaching the post. Once the implant has fused with your jawbone, the implant is uncovered and a post attached. Your gums are then given an opportunity to heal around the post. A second surgical procedure connects the replacement teeth to the post. The implant and post serve as a foundation for the new tooth.
  3. Placing the crown. A crown is made with a specific size, shape and color to fit your space and blend with your natural teeth. The crown is permanently attached to the implant post.

Are Implants the right decision for you?

Implants are often a good choice for a healthy person with healthy gums and sufficient bone that can support an implant. The first step is talking to your dentist about whether implants are a viable option for you.