What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that your Lethbridge dentist will surgically place into your jaw to support a crown. Together, the implant and crown look and function like a natural tooth.
The Implant Procedure
A dental implant has two parts: a titanium rod that functions as the root of the tooth, and an abutment which is used to attached the crown.
Your dentist will place the titanium rod into your jaw bone. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once you have healed, your dentist will attach the abutment to the rod, and the crown to the abutment creating your new tooth.
Uses For Dental Implants
Replacing missing teeth is crucial to preserving your longterm oral health.
If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to prevent a number of oral health issues, including:
- To prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
- To resolve jaw joint pain or bite issue
- To improve chewing, speech and digestion
- To restore or enhance facial tissues
- To support a dental crown, dental bridge or dentures