Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures or using adjacent teeth as anchors like a dental bridge, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where they act as an anchor for replacement teeth.  The dental implant procedure is usually a three-step process requiring oral surgery. During the first step, a hole is drilled into the jawbone and a titanium implant is screwed into place. At the end of the procedure, the gum is secured over the dental implant, which will remain covered long enough for the implant to fuse to the bone. This usually takes three to six months.

The dental implant is uncovered during the second phase of treatment and a post is added. This serves as an extension and together with the dental implant serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Once the gum tissue around the post has had a chance to heal, your dentist places a dental crown on top.

Advantages of dental implants:

  • Implants are natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditionally dentures
  • They can last a lifetime