A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place, or to provide support for a denture. A dental implant is a titanium post which, when carefully placed, bonds to human bone.

Once the titanium implant fuses to the jaw, it can be used to support one or more laboratory-made teeth. Finished dental implants are a technological miracle. They look, feel and function like real teeth and usually are the longest lasting method of tooth replacement a dentist can provide.

The implants used today were developed 60 years ago and have been in use in the USA since 1985.

Anatomy Of A Dental Implant

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For a single tooth, your final replacement will consist of three parts.

  1. Dental implant – This is the small titanium post that is placed in your jawbone. It is shaped like a screw and will integrate into your bone to serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth.
  2. Abutment – This supporting piece serves as the junction between the dental implant and the replacement tooth.
  3. Crown – The crown of an implant is the part of the restoration that you will see. The crown looks like a normal tooth and is attached to the implant through the abutment. During the implant procedure we will take impressions and tooth shades to ensure that your final crown naturally fits your smile.