Dental implants are threaded titanium rods that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Implants act as anchors for individual artificial teeth, bridges, complete dentures or removable partial dentures. The implant acts like the root of a tooth. Implants can benefit the well-being and lifestyle of the patient in many ways:
- Allowing the chewing system to be restored; elimination of slippage, pain, discomfort or embarrassment
- Speak without hesitation, no slipping dentures or partials
- Improved dental hygiene, due to clear access around and between the teeth
Implants are used as the support system for many other fixed dental components:
- Implant supported crowns (above): this is a dental restoration created by inserting a titanium rod into the jaw and attaching an artificial tooth. It has the appearance of a natural tooth embedded in your own natural gums.
- Implant supported bridge (below left): Similar to the typical bridge, but supported by implants and abutments rather than adjacent teeth.
- Implant Supported Dentures (below right): Implants are placed in the bone under the dentures and secure directly to the denture. There are a wide variety of attachments to maintain either “fixed” or “removable” dentures.