A dental implant is a titanium screw-like post that is designed to create a stable foundation for a natural looking tooth restoration. Placed directly into the jawbone, a dental implant is the closest thing to your natural tooth.
There are two parts to a dental implant. The main part of the dental implant is embedded in the jawbone for an effect that is vastly stronger than dentures are capable of. The second part of the dental implant is a post that protrudes above the jawbone and gum line, to provide a fixed point to attach the tooth restoration that will simulate the crown.
To replace one tooth, a single implant is all that is required. For the replacement of multiple teeth, it might be necessary to place several dental implants, and then bridgework can be used to close all the spaces.
Dental implants can also provide a stable foundation for a full denture where there are no remaining natural teeth. It is estimated that implant supported dentures will restore nearly 90% of chewing ability.
Dental implants have a very high success rate and longevity. Optimal general health and oral hygiene are essential for the long term success of implant treatments.