Dental Implants

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An implant is a method of giving back a tooth root. It looks like a large screw and is made of titanium, a metal that almost everyone tolerates well.


An implant can be used to replace a single tooth. In the photo you can see that it acts like a new root for the tooth that’s been lost. A crown is then placed on top of the implant.

    Implants can also be used to hold a fixed bridge (one or more fake teeth). A fixed bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing; implants can be placed on either side of a space where teeth are missing or have been replaced. A three-tooth bridge, for example, covers three missing teeth, including the implants, and is cemented in place. The photo to the left shows a bridge on the bottom teeth.

    Implants can anchor a denture.  In the example at left, four implants are placed on this woman’s upper arch (lower left photo); the inside of the denture has small ‘o ring’ attachments (upper left); the outside of the denture looks like any other denture (upper right). The bridge gives this woman a beautiful smile and the denture fits solidly on the implants rather than ‘floating’ on her gums alone (lower right).