A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium cylinder is placed into the bone. The bone is allowed to integrate or grow around the implant for a specific amount of time. Once the implant is stable in the bone and able to handle chewing forces, your dentist will attach a replacement crown on top of the implant.
Implants have become very successful to help replace one or many teeth. Patients really like that implant crowns can be cleaned like their natural teeth and do not have to be removed at night.
There are also smaller implants with special anchors to help stabilize dentures. The “lower” denture especially benefits from implant stabilization as it tends to move more with chewing and speaking.