Dr. Stephen John, DDS
Dental implants are an excellent option for tooth replacement. There are many factors that come into play when deciding if an implant is the best option.
An implant is a metal (usually titanium) screw/rod that is placed in the jaw bone where the missing tooth/teeth used to be. Once the bone has ‘fused’ to the implant, a post (abutment) is attached to the implant where a crown can be cemented on. This new crown is your tooth replacement.
Implants can also be used to help give a partial denture or full denture better support. There are times that the ‘plastic’ that covers the roof of the mouth on a full denture can be removed. Many patients find this very beneficial.
It is best to talk to your dentist to find out if you are a candidate for an implant, how long the treatment will take, the risks and benefits of a dental implant and the costs of this type of treatment.