Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.

Dental Implants are made from titanium alloy structures that are placed into the area where the root of the missing tooth used to be there.  Dental Implants are anchored to the jawbone by the mechanical thread on the implant surface and by the biological healing process called osseointergration between the implant surface and the surrounding bone. They act as a foundation for a tooth color crown or a bridge to be placed on the top of the implant anchorage.  In some cases, implants can be used to attach a denture for retention and support.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.

Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are made from titanium alloy structures.

Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.

Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.