What is Dental Implant Surgery?
Implant surgery is the procedure to replace the roots of a tooth with a metal post. The implant is precisely positioned into the jaw bone to best support an artificial tooth. Once placed, the area is left to heal as the post integrates into the bone through a process called osseointegration.
The result gives you a 'built-in' support system for your customized prosthetic, and for those who lack teeth, dental implants are a highly effective treatment.
Advances in dental implant surgery and technology have made this treatment highly successful with minimal downtime and discomfort. The long-term success of this innovative treatment is supported by each component of a dental implant.
The Implant Post
The implant fixture is most often made of titanium and surgically placed into the jawbone. The post is bio-compatible and integrates with the surrounding tissue and bone to create a strong anchor itself. The post provides stimulation to the jaw that encourages bone growth and helps keep facial features in place.
This component is a connective piece that sits on top of the fixture of the implant and holds a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Abutments are custom made from ceramic, titanium or zirconia and added after the implant post has fully integrated into the bone.
Dental implants can be adapted to meet a wide range of replacement needs. Porcelain crowns are ideal for patients with single tooth loss and are manufactured to blend naturally with neighboring. Typically, larger restorations such as bridges and dentures (also have implant supported dentures) are attached if patients need more than one tooth replaced. Most restorations are designed from digital impressions and made of zirconia for maximum flexibility and strength.
Contact our experienced team today and find out if implant surgery can help restore your oral health.