Perhaps the greatest advancement made in the field of dentistry in the past fifty years has been the dental implant. The implant itself is a titanium screw placed into the maxilla (upper jaw) or mandible (lower jaw) to use as retention for a dental restoration. The bone grows directly to the implant through a process called osseointegration, allowing the implant to become permanently fixed in the mouth. Once this has been achieved, a wide variety of restorations can be attached, such as a single crown for one missing tooth, or a bridge to replace several missing teeth.
The most astonishing results have been with our patients who lack adequate bone to support their dentures when chewing. Once adapted to the implants, the dentures become a stable device capable of providing superior fit and function, immensely improving the quality of life for the patient.
Multiple missing teeth in the rear
The first phase of treatment is placement of the implants.
Once bone has formed a strong bond to the implants, small connectors are attached to them.