Implants require an involved and expensive cosmetic dentistry procedure but are a long-term solution for replacing missing teeth. They are an alternative to bridges which use adjacent teeth as anchors and to removable dentures, which rest on your gums. A surgeon implants them surgically into the jawbone.

Implants have three parts:

• Titanium metal, which fuses to the jawbone
• An abutment, which fits over the part of the implant that sticks out from the gums
• The crown, which a special restorative dentist creates for a natural, tooth-like appearance

You can get an implant to replace a tooth. Or two or more implants can provide a stable support for replacing several teeth. If you have bone loss from periodontal disease or lost teeth, the surgeon will likely need to first graft bone so the implant has something to secure to. Having implants requires several steps, including:

1. A comprehensive exam, X-rays, and consultation

2. Surgical implantation of the titanium screws

3. Taking impressions of the upper and lower jaws

4. Making a model for the creation of the dentures or crowns

5. Placement of the crown

6. Follow-up exams with members of your implant team

Your dentists can decide whether your case is the one where implants can be placed. The implant is placed when your teeth are missing. With the right and appropriate bone structure the implants can be placed best.