A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Natural teeth consist of the crown and the root. The crown is the visible section that is covered with white enamel. Supporting the crown is the tooth root which extends into the jawbone. The root is the part of the tooth that is effectively replaced by an implant.
There are commonly three parts to what is described as an implant - the implant device itself (which is inserted directly into the bone); the abutment - the piece that connects the implant device to the third part - the overlying crown or denture.
Today's implants are predominantly made of titanium, a metal that is bio-compatible and offers strength and durability as well as a unique property of fusing directly to bone - the process known as osseointegration.

Dental implants can be used when:
» A single tooth is missing - instead of a bridge
» Several teeth are missing - instead of bridges or partial dentures
» All teeth are missing - instead of dentures
With dental implants, you can eat most foods you want, depending on the type of implant restoration because these new teeth are strong and stable - they look and feel like your own natural teeth. They give you back your smile.

If you feel that dental implants could be a viable option for you, contact your dentist to schedule an oral exam. It is not acceptable to proceed with implant treatment if there are areas of untreated disease of teeth, gums or bone, as these can affect the success of your implant surgery as well as the integration and maintenance of the implant itself.
Therefore, a thorough full-mouth examination (including teeth and gums) should be performed. This allows the dentist to also assess your bite (occlusion) which is important to the success of our implant restoration.