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What is a Dental Implant?


Exploring the Marvels of Dental Implants:

Dental implants have emerged as a groundbreaking solution to restore both the functionality and aesthetics of a lost tooth. More than just a cosmetic procedure, dental implants have transformed the lives of countless individuals. Dental implants offer them a chance to regain their self-confidence and oral well-being by effectively replacing what they’ve lost. This page delves into the world of dental implants, explaining what they are, how they work, their benefits, and why they have become a preferred choice for tooth replacement.


What It Is

At its core, a dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from biocompatible materials such as titanium. This implant is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line, effectively replacing the missing tooth root. Once integrated into the jawbone through a process called osseointegration, the dental implant provides a strong foundation for a replacement tooth – usually a crown – to be attached.

The Procedure

The process of getting a dental implant typically involves several stages:

Initial Assessment: During the initial consultation, we will evaluate your oral health, take X-rays, and discuss the feasibility of the procedure. Factors like bone density, overall health, and oral hygiene are taken into consideration.

Implant Placement: In this step, the dental implant is surgically positioned into the jawbone. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia, (and with IV sedation, if you chose) and the implant is left to heal and fuse with the bone over a period of a few months.

Abutment Placement: Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment (a connector) is attached to the implant. The abutment acts as a support link between the implant and the replacement tooth.

Crown/Bridge Dental ImplantCrown/Bridge Attachment: The final step involves placing a custom-made crown onto the abutment (or a bridge onto multiple implants/abutments, in cases of multiple or all missing teeth). The crown/bridge is designed to match the surrounding teeth in shape, size, and color, ensuring a natural and seamless appearance.

When few implants are possible due to factors like limited placement options, finances, or health, snap-in dentures are a better option than traditional ones for those with no teeth.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Improved Aesthetics: Dental implants closely mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, enhancing the smile and overall facial appearance.

Enhanced Functionality: Unlike removable dentures or partials, dental implants provide a stable and secure foundation for “fixed” (non-removable) prosthetic teeth for chewing, speaking, and other oral functions. This allows individuals to enjoy their favorite foods without restrictions.

Preservation of Bone Structure: When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone can start to deteriorate over time due to lack of stimulation. Dental implants stimulate the bone just like natural tooth roots, helping to maintain bone density and facial structure.

Longevity: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime. This makes them the most durable and cost-effective solution in the long run.

Boosted Self-Confidence: Restoring a complete and attractive smile can have a profound impact on one’s self-esteem and social interactions.


Dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry by offering a permanent and effective solution to tooth loss. Their ability to restore both form and function has made them a popular choice among those seeking to regain quality of life. As technology and techniques continue to advance, dental implants are transforming more and more smiles and lives worldwide. If you’re considering tooth replacement, come see us for a complimentary consultation. We can give you guidance and help you determine whether dental implants are the right choice for you.