What are Dental Implants?
The most ideal restoration for a missing tooth is a dental implant. Dental implants are made of nickel titanium which is similar to what is placed in broken bones in other parts of the body. It looks like a screw that they drill into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is located. Depending on the amount of bone that was lost, bone grafting may also be done to increase the bone support of the dental implant on the same appointment. After a few months to wait for the bone to stabilize, a crown can be screwed into the implant to improve the appearance and functionality of the teeth. Dental implants are also an option for those with no teeth at all, especially those without ridges where retention of the dentures is a major problem. In these cases, 3-5 implants may be placed to make sure that the denture will be retained as well as to ensure that the implants can support the chewing forces on the dentures.