A dental implant is a prosthetic post, like a tooth root, that is positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount a crown or denture into that area. The root is replaced with an implant and the tooth with a denture or crown. An implant doesn't come loose like a denture can, but can be either fixed or removable. Implant procedures are carried out in 1 or 2 stages.
There are 3 parts of an Implant
Dental implants offer an attractive and comfortable solution for those who have lost a tooth to decay or injury, providing a permanent replacement option that looks and feels like a real tooth. Implants also benefit general oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
Dental Implants are an option for people who have
- a single tooth missing
- Several teeth missing
- All teeth missing
How do I know if I'm a suitable candidate for dental implant?
If you are considering implants, you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. If there are areas of untreated gum, teeth or bone disease, these will have to be treated as they can affect the outcome and success of an implant surgery. It is advisable to have an oral exam and x-ray to rule this out, especially if you are thinking of travelling abroad to have dental work. This will save time and money to rule out any problems that may prevent treatment abroad.